Quill Yates ’17 and his mother, former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, pose for pictures after her lecture May 3.

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates P’17 made front page news following her talk at Colby, which was sponsored by the Goldfarb Center and the Oak Institute for Human Rights.

Yates “outlined what she thinks still needs to be done in terms of criminal justice reform,” the Morning Sentinel reported May 3. The explosion in the U.S. prison population, caused, in part, by sentencing laws, comes “at a great cost to the prison systems through overpopulation, but also to the communities the prisoners were coming from,” Yates said.
At the end of her talk, Yates challenged the crowd to make their voices heard on a local level. “Change happens in our country when our citizens demand it, when people stand up and say this is who we are and this is what we stand for.”