Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates Discusses Federal Prison Reform
New York, November 4, 2015—One day before the U.S. Department of Justice began to release 6,112 inmates convicted of lower-level drug offenses, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates outlined a program of major reforms to the federal prison system, in an Oct. 29 speech at Columbia Law School.
|In a speech at Columbia Law School on Oct. 29,|
Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates outlined a
program of major reforms to the federal prison system.
|Yates was introduced by Jennifer G. Rodgers, left, executive director of the Law School's Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, (CAPI) and Professor Daniel C. Richman, who serves on the CAPI advisory board|
The ignored key to crime prevention, she said, is rehabilitation, because 40 percent of federal prisoners and two-thirds of state inmates will reoffend within three years. “We have to break that cycle.” Yates discussed two Justice Department projects that she hopes will have a positive impact on crime by providing “more effective paths” for offenders to reenter society.
A former federal prosecutor and U.S. Attorney, Yates told the Columbia Law School audience: "I’ve spent most of my