38 minutes | May 6, 2016

IC 30 - Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) with Kevin Ring

Kevin Ring is Vice President for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, former lobbyist and associate to Jack Abramoff. He began his career in Washington, DC as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. During his tenure, he served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary’s Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights Subcommittee under the leadership of future US Attorney General John Ashcroft. He also served as executive director for the Republican Study Committee, the largest member organization in the US House of Representatives. Kevin became a lobbyist in 1999 and was twice named one of K Street’s Top Lobbyists. He is the author of Scalia’s Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents (Regnery). Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University and The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Key Takeaways: [2:48] Hear about the kind of money a lobbyist can make [11:23] The amount of money he spent as a lobbyist that got him sent to prison on bribery charges. [15:03] The United States incarceration rate and the government’s ability to find a crime you committed [22:21] How much money Kevin had to spend, while cooperating with the government, to defend himself in court [27:17] The dangers of privatized prisons [32:40] What people can do to change the system Website Mentioned: www.famm.org
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