Why A Federal Judge Quit His Lifetime Appointment

May 10, 2018

In 2011, Kevin Sharp became a federal judge in Middle Tennessee. The position is supposed to be a lifetime appointment, but last year Sharp resigned.

He quit in protest of mandatory minimum prison sentences — measures he says contribute to prison overcrowding and violence. In this interview I speak to Sharp about mandatory minimum sentencing and why he felt he could do more off the bench than on it.