The Trump Administration has really lived up to it’s name when it comes to trying to trump all of Obama’s former policies. First healthcare and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to worsen the mess we call a justice system. In a two page memo to staff, Sessions demanded that federal prosecutors “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense,” — meaning he wants to do away with lenient sentencing for nonviolent drug crimes.
“This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency. This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us,” Sessions said in the memo. “By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences.”
Sessions spoke more about his stance to the Sergeants Benevolent Association of New York City
“Charging and sentencing recommendations are bedrock responsibilities of any prosecutor. And I trust our prosecutors in the field to make good judgments,” Sessions said. “They deserve to be unhandcuffed and not micromanaged from Washington.”
“We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress, plain and simple,” Sessions goes on to say. “If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way, we will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.”
The memo sounds like the 2017 calling for the rebirth of the “war on drugs” and we all know how that ended. With that being said, Sessions’ message has been met with great criticism especially from former Attorney General under the Obama Administration, Eric H. Holder Jr who says successor’s move would “take this nation back.”
“The policy announced today is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime. It is an ideologically motivated, cookie-cutter approach that has only been proven to generate unfairly long sentences that are often applied indiscriminately and do little to achieve long-term public safety,” Holder said in a statement.
He added, “this administration reveals its lack of faith in their judgment and integrity.”