AU YAL hosts a meeting on Criminal Justice Reform

Earlier this month, liberty-minded students at American University were eager to learn and discuss the implications of the state of criminal justice with AU’s chapter of YAL.

Andrew Magloughlin addresses AU students eager to hear about criminal justice reform

The meeting, led by chapter member Andrew Magloughlin, discussed several of today’s most pressing topics when dealing with criminal justice reform. He ardently illustrated the harms of mandatory minimum sentencing, citing the case of Weldon Angelos, who was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for selling marijuana while armed with a legally owned firearm. From there, the discussion moved to police brutality, unnecessary militarization, and the motives behind some of the most well-known cases of police aggression, such as the death of Eric Garner. 

After providing background on these pressing concerns, members opened up and discussed their perspectives about the best ways to implement ideal changes. Ideas ranging from implementation of policies to reduce small crimes à la the “broken windows” theory pioneered in New York City to eliminating prison sentences for nonviolent crimes in favor of progressive tickets and fines were suggested, and we have been very proud of the great discussions and flow of ideas fostered through our meetings.

After concluding, our president, John Nagle announced an event with Martha Boneta, the focus of the documentary “Farming in Fear”, whose attempt at establishing an organic farm in nearby Virginia was met with unnecessary government resistance. Ms. Boneta will speak at AU on November 18, and we are excited to host her!

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