US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

A brief report by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seen here during his confirmation hearing in March was used to justify sacking the FBI chief

A brief report by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seen here during his confirmation hearing in March was used to justify sacking the FBI chief

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking the war on drugs nuclear, ordering federal prosecutors across the country to pursue the longest prison sentences possible for drug offenders and others in a reversal of Obama-era policies.

The brief, two-page directive, issued to the 94 USA attorneys offices across the country late Thursday, replaces a 2013 memo put in place by then-Attorney General Eric Holder that sought to limit the use of mandatory-minimum sentencing rules that had condemned some non-violent offenders to long prison terms - that proved to be expensive for taxpayers.

"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 dated on Wednesday. "Attorney General Sessions' new policy will accentuate that injustice".

Speaking in Virginia in March, Sessions told the crowd, "To turn back this rising tide of violent crime, we need to confront the heroin and opioid crisis in our nation - and dismantle the transnational cartels that bring drugs and violence into our neighborhoods".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, busy as he is with baldly involving himself in an investigation he is supposed to be recused from, has managed to find time to shove a largely unwilling country back into the catastrophically racist war on drugs of the '80s and '90s.

Sessions held a news conference on the new policy earlier Friday and Trump has said he chose to fire Comey because the President thought he was doing a bad job and for being a "showboat". Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has been one of the most vocal Republicans leading the effort and was critical of Sessions' new policy.

This all went against a big policy shift by President Barack Obama's administration.

Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead
I don't buy that he meant to smash his stick across Crosby's noggin. "Back then, players patrolled and policed themselves". Crosby was cross-checked in the head in Monday's Game 3 by Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen, a former Penguin .

The move will send more people to prison and for much longer terms by triggering mandatory minimum sentences.

"This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us", the attorney general's memo says.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, offered praise for Sessions' new action, saying "law enforcement should side with the victims of crime rather than its perpetrators".

In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. According to the ACLU, mandatory minimums, or required sentences for a particular crime that do not take into account individual factors, have disproportionately affected people of color, specifically black men.

Prosecutors should also disclose to the court all factors that impact sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences, Sessions' memo said. Prison sentences for black men were found in a 2013 US Sentencing Commission analysis to be nearly 20 percent longer than those for white men who had committed similar crimes. By age 14, around a quarter of black children have had an incarcerated parent.

Sessions will make additional comments on the changes later today, the Justice Department said in a separate statement.

The new guidelines are a departure from an Obama-era policy that eased prosecutions of people with non-violent drug offenses. Harvey said the intent was to give federal judges more flexibility in sentencing and reduce prison overcrowding.

Recommended News

  • Pivotal Game 5 awaits Boston as it returns home vs. Wizards

    He said he's found maturity to step back and not force plays that he might not have had earlier in his career. In game one they fell behind 16-0 and trailed by as much as 17 before rallying with a strong third quarter.
    United States  decision to arm Syrian Kurds threatens Turkey: foreign minister

    United States decision to arm Syrian Kurds threatens Turkey: foreign minister

    The fall of Tabqa leaves no other major urban settlements on the road to Raqqa, about 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, away. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters that the U.S. has had very open discussions with Turkey over its concerns.
    Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

    Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

    Surely Trump's business ties, if any, and his possible untruthfulness are germane to the investigation. Because somebody leaked it. "Neither one of you did it?" And who did she share that with.
  • Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut

    Brent for July settlement was 5 cents lower at $49.29 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. Seven million barrels is roughly two days of oil imports into Japan, the world's fourth-biggest importer.
    Google blocks fast-moving fake Google Docs scam

    Google blocks fast-moving fake Google Docs scam

    The company has pushed updates through Safe Browsing , and the concerned team is working to prevent such spoofing in future. He added that hackers had also pointed some users to another site, since taken down, that sought to capture their passwords.
    Monaco Coach Proud Of Players As Falcao Blames Missed Chances

    Monaco Coach Proud Of Players As Falcao Blames Missed Chances

    Monaco lost 2-1 to Juventus in Turin in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Tuesday, crashing out 4-1 on aggregate. It could clinch an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title on Sunday when it visits closest challenger Roma.
  • Trump Expected to Expand Laptop Ban to Flights From Europe, Officials Say

    The airports affected include those in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morrroco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. If a ban is indeed coming, perhaps the DHS is giving airlines some time to prepare for such a hit to their operations.

    Olivia Buckland throws support behind Mental Health Awareness Week

    From managing tasks with Trello to eliminating procrastination with Focus Booster, tech can help you make the most of your time. Mental health is an illness like any other physical problem - there is no shame in speaking out and sharing your story.
    3 killed after SUV crashes into crowded Mass. auto  auction

    3 killed after SUV crashes into crowded Mass. auto auction

    Massachusetts State Police confirmed there were fatalities and said there was no evidence the crash was intentional. Her brother Orlando Aponte said she was a mother of three and was killed on her first day working at LynnWay.
  • Gurpreet Singh quits AAP over Bhagwant Mann's appointment as Punjab unit chief

    Gurpreet Singh quits AAP over Bhagwant Mann's appointment as Punjab unit chief

    Ghuggi, who is the former Punjab convener of the AAP , said that he would stay in politics but not be associated with the AAP . Mann said that the volunteers were the backbone of the party, but added that anti-party activities would not be tolerated.
    Nintendo details E3 2017 presentations; Super Mario Odyssey playable at show

    Nintendo details E3 2017 presentations; Super Mario Odyssey playable at show

    The livestream will include behind-the-scenes info and commentary from game developers and members of the Nintendo Treehouse . The 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational splats will be held on June 13 and features Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch.
    Cris Carter has words of encouragement for new Vikings WR Michael Floyd

    Cris Carter has words of encouragement for new Vikings WR Michael Floyd

    Cretin-Derham Hall compiled a 13-1 record and appearance in the state championship game during Floyd's senior year. Floyd was a prep star in Minnesota, giving him the opportunity to get his life back on track in a familiar place.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.