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Holder Announces Sentencing Reform for Some Drug Offenders


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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the America Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting on August 12, 2013 in San Francisco.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the America Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting on August 12, 2013 in San Francisco.

Low-level and non-violent drug offenders will no longer face severe mandatory sentences, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The new policy, announced Monday in San Francisco, is part of the Justice Department's efforts to reform sentencing due to massive overcrowding of U.S. prisons. We'll hear from supporters and critics of Holder's announcement.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon professor of law at the UC Berkeley School of Law and author of "The City that Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control"
  • Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit, public interest law organization dedicated to the rights of crime victims and the criminally accused
  • Natasha Minsker, associate director of the ACLU of Northern California
  • William Otis, adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law School and former federal prosecutor who served as special counsel to President George H.W. Bush

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Watch Eric Holder's full speech to the ABA in San Francisco on Monday:

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