Monday night on All In: Big news in criminal justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday afternoon he is pushing for major changes to make the U.S. justice system “both smarter and tougher on crime.” Charges that carry inflexible mandatory minimum sentences will no longer be brought against non-violent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or larger organizations. Under Holder’s proposals, prosecutors will also be directed to find alternatives to jail for nonviolent criminals, and the elderly and seriously ill who are no longer dangerous will have their sentences reduced. Federal prisons are currently almost 40% above capacity. Meanwhile, in New York, a federal district court judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” policy violated the constitutional rights of minorities and subjected them to racial profiling. Mayor Bloomberg fired back in a press conference Monday afternoon, saying that the city would appeal the decision. New York City Councilmember and Chair of the Public Safety Committee Peter Vallone, Hip Hop Artist and Activist Talib Kweli, and Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, will join Chris Hayes to talk about the day’s developments.
Plus: Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Science Committee, took an extreme anti-climate science position at a town hall last week. Speaking in response to Sen. Barbara Boxer’s comments about the affect of climate change on wildfires, Rohrabacher called global warming “a total fraud” created by liberals as part of their strategy “to create global government to control all of our lives.”
Later, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters will join Chris Hayes to talk about about tackling the science of Breaking Bad for their special airing Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
Chris Hayes will also delve into the latest controversy over Russia’s anti-gay laws leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February. Opponents to the controversial restrictions have called for a boycott of the games and gay bars across the West have boycotted Russian vodka. The International Olympic Committee weighed in last week, saying they have asked for further clarification from the Russian government on the prohibition of “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic, will join the discussion about the best way to respond to the discriminatory Russian laws.