There’s a new mandate from Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling federal prosecutors to “get tough” on crime. The new order instructs prosecutors to throw out an Obama-era regulation that minimized mandatory sentencing, and instead to look for ways to charge the “most serious, readily provable offenses.” Already, there are approximately seven million adults who are incarcerated in the U.S. criminal justice system or are on probation or parole. Adam Foss, a former assistant district attorney from Boston, says we have already seen the devastating effects of harsh punitive policies. Now an advocate for justice reform, he supports using probation as a transformative experience rather than a punishment. He joins Soledad O’Brien for an informative discussion on mass incarceration and how prosecutors can help save a life.

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