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American Agenda (Crime/Drugs: Mandatory Prison Sentence) #132271

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 19, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Ashland, Kentucky: Linda Pattillo) Issue of mandatory minimum prison sentences for those involved in drug crimes featured. [First-time offenders Robert DETRICH, Betty BRYANT, Bobby Joe WARD - talk about their no-parole sentences.] Debate over the laws requiring such sentences noted. [Assistant United States attorney general Robert MUELLER, former federal judge J. Lawrence IRVING, Federal Judicial Center director William SCHWARZER - offer differing opinions on the "do the crime, do the time" concept.] Various inequities in this system and the cost of incarcerating these offenders in the crowded prison system outlined. [Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Eric STERLING - says this anti-drug hysteria must be reviewed.]

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Pattillo, Linda
Duration:
00:04:30

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