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U.S. prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

16 Mai 2017

Sessions said federal judges and prosecutors will now be un-handcuffed and not micro-managed, as he's directing them to pursue and charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' wide-ranging new crackdown on drug offenders could exacerbate one of America's most persistent public health tragedies: the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that's been ravaging the country and killed almost 35,000 Americans in 2015 alone. This takes away some discretion from pro.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed prosecutors to make an about-face on criminal justice reform efforts made by the Obama administration. And the American Civil Liberties Union said Sessions is " pushing federal prosecutors to reverse progress and repeat a failed experiment-the War on Drugs".

Holder called the new policy "unwise and ill-informed", saying it ignored consensus between Democrats and Republicans, and data demonstrating that prosecutions of high-level drug defendants had risen under his guidance. As the are now showing, Sessions and his Justice Department are not interest in that level of common-sense and forgiveness.

Unfortunately, according to Sessions' 2-page memo, prosecutors are ordered to forget these measurements.

He said, "The opioid and heroin epidemic is a contributor to the recent surge of violent crime in America".

This statement, released Friday (May 12), rolls back a crucial Obama-era policy in the Justice Department, aimed at mitigating harsh sentencing laws imposed in the past.

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"We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple", Sessions said.

"Mandatory minimum sentences have unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated too many minorities for too long", Paul said in a statement.

Johnson and Harvey said federal prosecutors should be focused on large-scale drug trafficking organizations and cartels, and they said they see signs that the Justice Department under Sessions would aggressively pursue those cases.

Unsurprisingly, former AG Eric Holder, who was instrumental in implementing the reforms of the Obama administration, has voiced strong criticism of the new Sessions memo, declaring it "dumb on crime".

Raymond Johnson is a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Birmingham. Whether or not this is the case, the change will affect everyone and make it very hard for drug users to get clean after being imprisoned and incurring a record that will affect all future employment, housing and education. Her words were famously read - and interrupted - on the Senate floor during the Senate confirmation hearings for Sessions in January. Sessions of Alabama. At one point, Sessions said that "good people" don't do drugs like marijuana and said the reforms would "endanger" Americans.

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

He further added that pursuing the harshest punishment possible for a crime with multiple charges is a policy that "affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, and is moral and just".

U.S. prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments