Thoughts on Criminal Justice Reform:
A Conversation with United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
On October 29th, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Sally Quillian Yates, spoke at the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School. Yates discussed the administration’s priorities and policies.
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Text of Deputy Attorney General Yates' Speech
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The United States Senate confirmed Sally Quillian Yates as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States this past May. As the country’s second-highest law enforcement official, Yates advises and executes the policies of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, including federal sentencing reforms and increased prosecutions of individuals in cases of corporate wrongdoing. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Departments of Justice’s 116,000 employees across offices like the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Prisons.
Yates began her career in public service as an Assistant United States Attorney in Atlanta, where she successfully prosecuted 1996 Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph. She later worked as Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and Vice-Chair of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee, whose policy reforms included advocating greater use of clemency for nonviolent drug offenders. In 2010, President Obama nominated Yates to serve as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.