Criminal justice reform

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Guests:  Seth Williams, John Wetzel, Marc Mauer

Over the last 40 years, America’s approach to criminal justice has become more punitive with federal and state legislation focused on longer sentences for both violent and non-violent offenders. Now our prisons are overflowing and have fewer programs for rehabilitation and education. Recidivism rates are high. In a speech to the NAACP several weeks ago, President Obama proposed significant changes to our criminal justice system to address these problems. Legislators on both sides of the aisle support a new look at sentencing guidelines and bail requirements in an effort to reduce the prison population. Today on Radio Times, a conversation about criminal justice reform with Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary JOHN WETZEL, Philadelphia District Attorney SETH WILLIAMS and MARC MAUER of The Sentencing Project.

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