In his announcement, Holder cited both excessive incarceration and racial disparities in sentencing as critical problems with the criminal justice system.
The cover story for the most recent edition of W&L Law magazine digs in on just this very issue. Several members of W&L Law's stellar criminal law faculty analyze over-criminalization in the U.S. Topics covered include financial costs, the growth of federal criminal law, and collateral sentencing consequences, among others.
Editor's note: For another perspective on this issue, read this commentary by Christopher Russell, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Buena Vista, Virginia and director of the public prosecutor's externship program at W&L Law.