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After Paris: Sentencing in America Under Scrutiny

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After Paris: Sentencing in America Under Scrutiny

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Paris Hilton is serving a 45-day sentence at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. ROBYN BECK/Staff/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Recent developments in the case of Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton is renewing debates about criminal justice in America; the U.S. jails more of its citizens than any other nation in the world.

The hotel heiress is being jailed at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles for a parole violation related to a 2006 drunken driving offense. A public debate now ensues about the fairness of her 45-day sentence.

Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project is joined by Jenni Gainsborough of Penal Reform International to discuss who should be locked-up and why.