The American Forum Interview With Attorney General Eric H. Holder
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, in an interview to be broadcast on public television this Sunday (Feb. 9, 2014), made some remarkable comments about the American system of justice, including:
- There are “probably thousands” of Americans imprisoned in the U.S. serving sentences far longer than they should be,
- That the likelihood that many people currently imprisoned are actually innocent is the “ultimate horror” of our justice system,
- And the strong intimation that a wave of presidential commutations for drug offenders may be coming from the White House in the months ahead.
“We have…to make people who are incarcerated aware of that avenue,” Holder said, during a taping of American Forum, a public television program I host from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and carried by about 90 PBS stations around the country. “And so I’ve asked members of the private bar to somehow engage with the people who are in prison so that the appropriate papers get filed, are put into the system, and ultimately the White House counsel’s office, and ultimately on the president’s desk.”
“The president is willing to do these kinds of things,” Holder said.