Speaking at a church in Harlem, Former President Bill Clinton says, ''We overdid it at putting in too many young non-violent offenders in jail for too long.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former President Bill Clinton spoke about prison reform during a Sunday morning (April 10) church service at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. "We need prison reform... We overdid it at putting in too many young non-violent offenders in jail for too long," Clinton said. On Thursday, the former President (April 7) faced down protesters angry about the impact his 1994 crime reforms have had on black Americans and defended the record of his wife, Hillary Clinton, who is relying on the support of black voters in her quest for the presidency. The former president spent more than 10 minutes confronting the protesters at a campaign rally in Philadelphia over criticisms that the crime bill he approved led to a surge in the imprisonment of African Americans. The Democratic race for the Nov. 8 election has become increasingly heated as Hillary Clinton, stung by a string of losses in state contests, has traded barbs with her rival for the party's nomination, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, over who is better prepared for the White House.