Wisconsin Prison Advocates Concerned about Federal Tough on Crime Edict

Schumer: Sessions Should Step Down, Be Investigated For Role In Firing James Comey;

A years-long, largely bi-partisan effort to reform the criminal justice system in the US, the world's preeminent jailer, is being undermined by Jeff Sessions. "Any inconsistent previous policy of the Department of Justice relating to these matters is rescinded, effective today".

Holder's policies directed prosecutors not to disclose the quantity of drugs to avoid strict mandatory minimum sentences.

"We are not repealing mandatory minimums on the books-we are merely allowing a judge to issue a sentence below a mandatory minimum if certain requirements are met", Paul wrote. Congress failed to pass a bipartisan reform bill a year ago, despite widespread support, and now, with the Justice Department's shift in tone and official policy, a federal effort is less likely.

Federal inmates represent a sliver of the overall USA prison population of more than 1.5 million, according to Justice Department statistics.

"Mandatory minimum sentences have unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated too many minorities for too long", Sen.

What is still unclear is how Sessions will deal marijuana - which he has called a "dangerous drug" - in states that have medical marijuana laws, and those states that have voted to legalize marijuana. But we realize the reality, empirical fact - neighbors, friends, crime - that this was not a legitimate thing. Given this, others in the GOP need to point out that calling for criminal justice reform isn't being soft on crime and that policies like the one announced last week are opposed by many.

"This is wrong. [The] DOJ should focus on prosecuting violent criminals, not nonviolent drug offenders".

Representatives of the billionaire Koch brothers' network of conservative political groups - organizations which have long supported criminal justice reform - reportedly told BuzzFeed's Tarini Parti.

Listening to Attorney General Sessions and to President Trump, you would think that America is living through a crisis of crime. It could even give new impetus to a bipartisan push for reduced federal sentences in Congress, where it no longer faces the determined opposition of a veteran US senator named Jeff Sessions.

"The Attorney General's new sentencing policy is an ideologically motivated attempt to resurrect the failed policies of the War on Drugs".

"This will not make us safer - quite the opposite, it will strip critical public safety resources away from targeting truly violent criminals in order to house nonviolent drug offenders", Sen.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT): "To be tough on crime we have to be smart on crime".

The polarized political environment of the last few years has made it almost impossible for both parties to agree on anything, but reforming our criminal justice system has bucked that partisan trend. Each day the ACLU and our allies on the right and left are fighting for an end to mass incarceration.

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