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NEW YORK (AP) - Disgraced former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik is calling for reforms to federal mandatory sentencing guidelines.

He told Matt Lauer on NBC-TV's "Today" show on Monday that imposing mandatory minimum sentences sets up inmates for failure.

Kerik spent three years at a federal minimum-security prison on false statement and other charges.

He says he served time with non-violent inmates, many of them first-time offenders serving long sentences.

He says the system that's supposed to help inmates destroys them - personally, professionally and financially.

He says Congress needs to do something about it.

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