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Jeff Sessions Escalates Drug War and Urges Prosecutors to Seek Harsh Sentencing

After years of progress, our Attorney General is trying to drag us back to the 1980s.

Friday, May 12, 2017

by AlterNet

When President Trump came into office and appointed Jeff Sessions, drug war activists feared that he would take away the tremendous progress that was gained under the Obama administration. Now our greatest fear materialized when Attorney General Jeff Sessions just released a memo to prosecutors, calling on them to push for the “most serious” charges against people, hoping to trigger mandatory minimum drug sentences. This policy reverses former attorney general Eric Holder directive which asked prosecutors to avoid using mandatory minimum sentencing laws. 

The memo is a direct reversal of the policy of his predecessor, Attorney General Eric Holder, who urged prosecutors to avoid draconian mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.