Sessions to federal prosecutors: Go for the toughest possible sentence

Sessions to federal prosecutors: Go for the toughest possible sentence

Sessions to federal prosecutors: Go for the toughest possible sentence

The move will send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued much harsher charging and sentencing policies for the U.S. Department of Justice, reversing those issued by the Obama administration and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

But Sessions said "it is important to note" that unlike previous memoranda, his policy gives prosecutors discretion to avoid sentences that "would result in an injustice".

"There will be circumstances in which good judgement will lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the above charging policy is not warranted..."

Members of Congress reacted Friday with mixed reviews - some sharply critical - of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new directive that could potentially ramp up criminal charges in cases involving nonviolent drug crimes.

Reactions from criminal-justice reform circles have been unanimous, from lawmakers and law enforcement leaders to advocacy groups and criminologists.

The US attorney general has ordered federal prosecutors to seek harsher criminal sentencing, undoing an Obama-era policy to ease prison overcrowding.

Under former president Barack Obama, a Democrat, the Justice Department had sought to reduce mandatory sentencing to reduce jail time for low-level drug crimes and ease overcrowding at us prisons. And it's worth highlighting that this man's drug policies are going to be like George W. Bush BUT SOMEHOW WORSE.

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At a speech Friday in Washington, Sessions said the order was needed to combat an increase in violence in some large cities and the nation's opioid epidemic.

The federal directive won't affect Morganelli, but the career prosecutor likes mandatory sentences and pursues them when he can in his office, especially in drug cases.

In a letter to 94 USA attorneys Thursday night, Sessions called it a "core principle" that prosecutors charge and pursue "the most serious and readily provable offense". On the Obama-era policy Session has rolled back: "This was fiscally smart and compassionate policy that started to stem the tide of mass incarceration in our country".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, busy as he is with baldly involving himself in an investigation he is supposed to be recused from, has managed to find time to shove a largely unwilling country back into the catastrophically racist war on drugs of the '80s and '90s.

"We will do all that we can to keep you safe and promote public support for honorable officers in your risky work", Sessions said. He has repeatedly claimed that all drug use - including marijuana - is fueling a nationwide violent crime wave, citing a recent uptick in the murder rate even though crime rates are still dramatically lower than they were two and three decades ago.

Further, we must not overlook the relationship between the Attorney General, this Administration and the private prison industry.

"The policy announced today is not tough on crime", Holder said.

Udi Ofer, director of the organization's Campaign for Smart Justice, said it was a throwback to the war on drugs, which "devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans" and disproportionately hurt minorities.

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