mandatory minimum

  • UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 1: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.,   flanked from left by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Senate Judiciary ranking member Pat Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks during the news conference on criminal justice reform legislation on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
    October 1, 2015  

    Republicans and Democrats unveiled joint legislation, years in the making, to cut the number of inmates in federal prisons. If passed, it would end the so-called “three strikes rule” for non-violent offenders and allow for more education and jobs programs, among other reforms. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, two main architects of the bill. Continue reading

  • August 12, 2013  

    Nearly half of the nation’s prisoners are serving time for drug related crimes. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Mary Price of Families Against Mandatory Minimums and William Otis of Georgetown Law School on Attorney General Eric Holder’s push to scale back mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders. Continue reading