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Reflecting On 2015: The Year In Criminal Justice13:47
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Prison reform advocates are calling for reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (David Goldman/AP)
Prison reform advocates are calling for reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (David Goldman/AP)
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We're looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2015 through the minds of some of our favorite guests. Here, we're covering criminal justice.

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Beth Schwartzapfel, staff writer for The Marshall Project. She tweets @schwartzapfel.

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Radio Boston: Prison Reform Advocates Look To Rein In Use Of Solitary Confinement

  • "Massachusetts is one of just three states in the entire country that allows the use of long-term solitary confinement, in some cases for up to 10 years."

Radio Boston: Former Federal Judge Reflects On Mandatory Minimums

  • "Robert Johnson (not his real name) is currently serving 10 years in prison. A nonviolent, first time offender, he was sentenced for possession and distribution of cocaine. He was put there by Judge Nancy Gertner. In fact, he’s one of the hundreds of men and women Judge Gertner sentenced during her 17-year judicial career. Now, she says, it’s time to fix the system that forced her to put him there."

This segment aired on December 30, 2015.

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