"Some U.S. attorneys will say, "This has to come to me every time" and that will have a chilling effect" on prosecutors seeking departures from the policy, Mr. Walsh said.
"The judges are not going to be happy", said Kevin Sharp, who stepped down from the bench in April after six years as a federal judge in Tennessee.
Mr. Sessions has yet to appoint any of his own U.S. attorneys to lead Justice Department offices across the U.S. Acting officials now hold the roles after Mr. Sessions fired the remainder of the U.S. Attorneys who had been appointed by his Obama-era predecessors. Add to that the lack of economic opportunities in places like Baltimore's west side, and get-tough enforcement serves only to harden criminal activities and permanently destroy whole families and communities.
Paul urges Sessions to reconsider, but in the meantime, the senator told Rare that this week he will be reintroducing legislation that and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). "That is why criminal justice reform is a conservative issue".
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is promising to renew the federal government's war on drugs, saying tough new sentencing policies are necessary to combat what he described as a surge of violent crime in cities.
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"These reversals will be both substantively and financially ruinous, setting the department back on a track to again spending one third of its budget on incarcerating people, rather than preventing, detecting, or investigating crime", Holder said of Sessions's decision in a statement on Friday. "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". Translating the paranoid "American carnage clause" of President Trump's inauguration speech into Justice Department fiat, the memo targets policies that have helped reduce the bloated, disproportionately minority federal prison population by 14 percent since 2013, the first decline in 33 years. President Obama's clemency initiative - he granted 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons - highlighted the "preposterous" sentences that low-level drug offenders faced because of mandatory minimums, she said.
"Harsher sentences for non-violent drug crimes cost taxpayers more money and waste limited resources that are needed to go after more risky, violent offenders who put the public at risk". In March, we examined the possibility of Sessions opening a second war on drugs, in which those with low-level drug and marijuana offenses would be prosecuted with zeal. "If you are a drug trafficker, we will not look the other way". Paul said the Trump administration "should treat our nation's drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a "lock 'em up and throw away the key" problem". Sessions wrote in his memo to prosecutors this week that the new charging policy "affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a warrior in search of a battlefield.
Addressing the disparities in sentencing between drug offenses, in 2010, former US representative Dan Lungren described the situation as "Certainly, one of the sad ironies in this entire episode is that a bill, which was characterized by some as a response to the crack epidemic in African American communities, has led to racial sentencing disparities which simply can not be ignored in any reasoned discussion on this issue".