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AG Holders says "people of color" face harsher penalties in justice system

CNN | 8/13/2013, 4:56 p.m.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday, May 15, 2103 at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. CNN

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the United States "must confront the reality" that once "people of color" are in the criminal justice system, they "often face harsher punishments than their peers." He called it "unacceptable," "shameful" and "unworthy" of the U.S. legal tradition. In response, he has "directed a group of U.S. attorneys to examine sentencing disparities, and to develop recommendations on how we can address them."

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