D.C. lawmakers are considering revisions to a 1985 law that granted judges flexibility in sentencing young offenders –a measure enacted in response to the disproportionate incarceration of young African-American men. Last year, a Washington Post investigation found that hundreds of young offenders given second chances went on to commit more crimes. Now, the majority of D.C.’s Council has signed on to a new bill that would overhaul the original act and require young offenders to serve full sentences before requesting a clear record. Kojo discusses the bill and the balance it attempts to strike between criminal justice reform and city safety.

Guests

  • Amy Brittain Investigative reporter, The Washington Post; @AmyJBrittain
  • Charles Allen Member, D.C. Council (D-Ward 6); @charlesallen
  • Marc Schindler Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute; @marc4justice

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