| by Colin Ellis

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates made front page news on the Morning Sentinel following her talk at Colby. Yates “outlined what she thinks still needs to be done in terms of criminal justice reform,” the Sentinel reports 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.”