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Judges vs. the Justice Department36:22

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said this weekend that prison terms are too long and that mandatory minimum sentences for some federal crimes should be abolished. Meanwhile, the Justice Department said it will begin compiling data on judges who give lighter sentences than federal guidelines prescribe. Prison sentences, they say, should be uniform from state to state. Tonight, On Point: Judges vs. the Justice Department, and who should determine prison sentences.


Dennis Archer, incoming president for the American Bar Association

Charles Hobson, attorney for the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

Mary Price, General Counsel, Families Against Mandatory Minimums

This program aired on August 11, 2003.

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