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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on President Obama’s efforts to reduce prison sentences for non-violent offenders. Earlier in the week in a speech at the NAACP…

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    Presidential Visit to El Reno Federal Correctional Institution

    President Obama talked about his vision for reforming the criminal justice system and reducing the sentences of non-violent drug offenders. He delivered these brief remarks during a…

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    President Obama Remarks on the Criminal Justice System

    President Obama spoke at the NAACP annual convention. He addressed the criminal justice system and called for shorter sentences for non-violent drug offenders. The president noted…

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    Criminal Justice Reform, Incarceration and Sentencing

    Adam Gelb talked about a Pew Charitable Trusts study on the growing number of prisoners incarcerated in federal and state corrections systems, the taxpayer costs involved, and proposed…

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    Criminal Justice System

    Speakers including Michael Botticelli talked about ways in which alternatives to incarceration could be effective at deterring criminal activity. Mr. Botticelli also spoke briefly…

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    Criminal Justice and Race

    Community advocacy groups and law enforcement officials talked about over-criminalization and the effect of mass incarceration on African-American communities and ways to reform policing…

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    U.S. Incarceration Rates

    Panelists talked about a National Academy of Sciences report on the origins and effects of growing incarceration rates in the U.S. According to the report, the increase in incarceration…

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    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Nick Gillette gave a tour the world’s first “penitentiary,” opened in 1829 by the state of Pennsylvania. The prison was a new experiment in reform of criminals and…

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    Prison Reform and Police Reform

    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik talked by remote video from New York City about his book, From Jailer to Jailed, in which he detailed his 2010 guilty plea to making…

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    Criminal Justice Reform, Sentencing and Corrections

    Fred Patrick talked about the sentencing and correction reform efforts at the federal and state level. Mr. Patrick said that the prison population has seen a 700 percent increase…

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    Transforming Felons into Entrepreneurs

    Catherine Hoke talked about the work her organization, Defy Ventures, does to help convicted drug dealers and gang members launch businesses after they leave prison. This was part of the…

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    Juvenile Justice System Alternatives

    Stacy Teicher Khadaroo talked about her Christian Science Monitor article, “Keeping Kids From Crime: How Alternatives to Lockups Are Changing Juvenile Justice,” on the juvenile…

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    Incarceration Rates in the U.S.

    Christine Leonard discusses a bipartisan effort by the newly formed Coalition for Public Safety to reduce the level of incarceration across the U.S. The coalition consists of several…

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    Corrections Act and Prison Reform

    Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) held a news conference about prison reform. They spoke about re-introducing the next day the Corrections Oversight,…

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    Private Immigration Detention Facilities

    Panelist discussed the work of private contractors in providing detention facilities for immigrants and the work of charitable groups for detainees. “Private Detention Facilities and…

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    Book Discussion on Bad Boy From Rosebud

    Gary Lavergne talked about his book, Bad Boy from Rosebud: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff, about the reasons behind Mr. McDuff’s release from prison and how his case…

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    U.S. Prison System

    Maya Schenwar talked about her book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work, in which she discusses the U.S. prison system and argues that it makes the country less safe.…

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    Book Discussion on Exonerated

    Joyce King talked about her book, Exonerated: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom, in which she looks at the life of James Woodward, a man who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 27 years…

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    Felony Voting Laws

    Marc Mauer joined by telephone to discuss laws that bar an estimated six million convicted felons from voting. He described the variety of state laws, the effect they have on…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines, including a line for convicted felons, were open for viewer commentary on the question: “Should Convicted Felons Have the Right to Vote?” Marc Mauer, executive…

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