20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

September 12, 2014 | by Carrie Johnson | NPR

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In 1994, President Bill Clinton passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act—an experimental “tough on crime” bill. This bill increased the number of law enforcement personnel, hired and trained lawyers to investigate domestic violence, imposed tougher prison sentences, and increased funding to create more prisons. In this radio segment, NPR’s Morning Edition explores the effects of the bill 20 years later.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act—an experimental “tough on crime” bill. This bill increased the number of law enforcement personnel, hired and trained lawyers to investigate domestic violence, imposed tougher prison sentences, and increased funding to create more prisons. In this radio segment, NPR’s Morning Edition explores the effects of the bill 20 years later.