Kojo looks back on the local impact of Dick Gregory, the legendary comedian and civil rights activist who adopted Washington as his home town.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new sentencing directive for federal prosecutors mandating they “pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” for cases. The policy change restores “mandatory minimums” which were wildly criticized by justice reform advocates. Kojo explores what the movement on the federal level will mean for local prosecutors in the D.C. region.
- Lawrence Leiser President, National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys; Adjunct Professor at George Mason University
- Paul Butler Professor of Law, The Georgetown Law Center; Former Federal Prosecutor; author "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice" (New Press)
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