Justice Department directs federal prosecutors to charge maximum sentences

Justice Department directs federal prosecutors to charge maximum sentences

Under the new order, there is still room for prosecutors to decide to pursue less severe charges - but those decisions must be cleared with Sessions' office, which presumably will be a hard process.

Holder's memo didn't leave prosecutors totally powerless.

The same month, Sessions addressed law enforcement officials and vowed that "this country will not go backwards" and his department would "hammer drug dealers and violent felons". But that wasn't, apparently, enough for Sessions. This policy demands that the federal prosecutors "charge defendants with the most serious crime possible". "Attorney General Sessions" new policy will accentuate that injustice. Municipalities and states, which oversee the great majority of the criminal justice system, will still be able to dictate their own policies.

Now there are 2.4 million adults in all prison systems, approximately 211,000 of those are in federal prisons.

"We should treat our nation's drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a "lock 'em up and throw away the key" problem", Paul said in a statement released shortly after Session's announcement. That means almost 1 in 110 Americans is in prison.

Certainly, everyone wants to get tough on crime. His "one-size fits all, send all the black and brown folks to prison" approach is widely ineffective and costly for dealing with drug use. "The murder rate has surged 10 percent nationwide - the largest increase since 1968". Schiff questioned. But Sessions said drug crimes often lead to violent crimes.

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Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, an organization of almost 200 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, and prosecutors, called the move an "ineffective way to protect public safety". Once the new administration took office, Sessions rescinded that memo in February.

This is the latest in a series of measures that demonstrate the intent of the Trump Administration to ramp up the drug war. "We must reform our criminal justice system", he added.

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The top Senate Democrat said Rosenstein had asked to meet with him when the deputy attorney general visited Capitol Hill Thursday to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the USA election with that panel's top two members. The report found that the low rate was largely explained by a shortage of treatment options, including medication-assisted treatment.

A series of studies published by economists at Columbia and the University of MI in 2007 found that the threat of longer prison sentences did not deter crime. "This will help law enforcement do our jobs better". So increasing the severity of the punishment doesn't do much, if anything, to slow the flow of drugs. Overall, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the nation's crime rate fell 50 percent between 1993 and 2015. That policy echoed shifts in law enforcement policy that had been sweeping the states in recent years. It could encourage legislation or enforce more executive actions that make police and prosecutors even more aggressive than they are today. "Sessions is taking the country back to the 1980s by escalating the failed policies of the drug war". "It will destroy your life".

Sessions has yet to address publicly his recommendation earlier this week that President Trump fire James B. Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and in a room normally reserved for news conferences, reporters were eager to ask him about it. The war on drugs may soon come roaring back.

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