New Federal Sentencing Policy: A Look at its Effect in Georgia with Defense Attorney Page Pate

On Monday, August 12, 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a change in the sentencing policy for people who commit Federal drug crimes.  

Holder wants Federal prosecutors to move away from mandatory minimum sentences in the cases of non-violent drug offenders, and in those case, to move toward alternative approaches, like house arrest and treatment programs.

In an earlier interview, WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Atlanta’s top Federal prosecutor, Sally Yates, about the effect of the new policy in Georgia.  She is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.  In this conversation, O’Hayer hears the defense perspective, from WABE legal analyst Page Pate, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney.

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