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Sat Dec 12, 2015, 08:50 PM Dec 2015

Sen. Sanders holds criminal justice reform panel (Anamosa Iowa)

Sanders invited two ex-convicts to discuss their experiences post-prison

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a panel on criminal justice reform in eastern Iowa, less than two miles away from the Iowa state penitentiary.

The panel was held Saturday in the cafeteria of Strawberry Hill Elementary, where 200 people crowded in to hear Sanders moderate a discussion on race and criminal justice. On the panel were ex-convicts Jerome Miller and Ruben Johnson and former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner.

The Des Moines Register reports Turner took a leave of absence from the Ohio Democratic Party to campaign for Sanders.

"I got a big speech, but I ain't gonna give it," Sanders told the crowd. "Because these guys know a lot more about this than I do."

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