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Sessions Orders Longer Prison Sentences, Reversing Obama-era Policy

14 Mai 2017

Sessions has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration for being "soft on crime" and accused the former president's policies of leading to violent crimes.

SESSIONS: I have empowered our prosecutors to charge and pursue the most serious offense as I believe the law requires - most serious, readily provable offense.

Other users noted that the directive could work in favor of federal investigators now engaged in probing the Trump campaign's alleged involvement in Russiagate.

Officials say Holder's "Smart on Crime" policy "convoluted the process", and left prosecutors applying the law unevenly, which they said "is not Justice".

The directive abolishes guidance by Sessions' Democratic predecessor, Eric Holder, who said prosecutors could in some cases omit drug quantities from charging documents so as to not generate long sentences. This level of harsh punishment and zero tolerance is reflective of the policies held in the 1980s and 1990s that failed to curb any drug use and overpopulated prisons across the country.

"It ensures that the Department enforces the law fairly and consistently, advances public safety and promotes respect for our legal system", Sessions said in the memo.

In his role as Attorney General, Sessions has indicated his Justice Department will take a hardline approach to all crime, particularly drug crime.

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The Trump administration called for tougher charges and longer prison time for criminals in a move to return to strict enforcement of federal sentencing rules, according to a memo the U.S. Department of Justice released yesterday. The memo rescinds a policy issued by the Obama administration in 2013.

Prosecutors and law-enforcement leaders also reacted with dismay to Sessions' memo, including Joyce Vance, the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to seek the harshest possible penalties for drug-related offenses, a move that should make the private prison industry that relies on those offenders very happy.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act into law, establishing mandatory minimum prison sentences for the first time in an effort to crack down on drug use in the U.S. Many of them are serving mandatory minimum sentences that were created during the course of America's war on drugs. Holder's 2013 "Smart on Crime" policy initiative was aimed at encouraging shorter sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, thus freeing up resources to pursue more serious and violent criminals. They argued prosecutors were getting pickier about the cases they were bringing and were seeking mandatory minimum sentences less often.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's office has confirmed to Senator Schumer's office that Mr. Rosenstein will come to brief the full Senate next week".

"This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us", the attorney general's memo says. "Instead, 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". "Instead, we must direct resources to treatment and to specifically combating violent crime", said Brett Tolman, a former USA attorney in Utah.

Sessions Orders Longer Prison Sentences, Reversing Obama-era Policy