Addressing the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists, on August 4, 2011, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder highlighted the Department of Justice’s recent successes, while also calling upon reporters to keep looking at deficiencies in the delivery of right to counsel services.
AG Holder was “extremely proud” the agency had “launched the landmark Access to Justice Initiative … and – at long last – reduced the unfair sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine offenses.” And he attributed much recent success to the tireless reporting done by those represented in the ranks of the NABJ. “[B]y raising awareness about … deficiencies in our indigent defense system; and disparities in our sentencing policies – you’ve also rallied our nation’s citizens and leaders – and, in many instances, our nation’s Justice Department – to action.” Still, AG Holder called upon journalists to keep their focus on these important issues: “you must not become complacent.”
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