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John Oliver Completely Dismantles the Argument for Mandatory Minimum Sentences

John Oliver (Courtesy of Last Week Tonight)
John Oliver (Courtesy of Last Week Tonight)

(Salon) – Earlier this year, President Obama released 22 people serving federal prison terms for non-violent drug offenses. Seven of which, had been previously sentenced to life in prison.

The move was long overdue, according to “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, who spent the bulk of Sunday’s program going after mandatory-minimum sentencing. The segment wasn’t without a few classic Oliver analogies, too.

Oliver declared Obama’s move just like “the criminal justice version of ”Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.” But, with no chance of “disappointing Padma with your risotto.”

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