News Alert: Attorney General Sessions directs prosecutors to seek toughest drug charges, marking first significant effort by Trump administration to bring back the harshest practices of the drug war

In a two-page memo and sent to more than 5,000 assistant U.S. attorneys across the country and all assistant attorneys general in Washington, the policy orders prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.”
The tough approach had fallen out of favor in recent years with a bipartisan movement to undo the damaging effects of mass incarceration. The new measures are expected to lead to more federal prosecutions and an increase in the federal prison population.
The sweeping criminal charging policy overturns a 2013 memo issued under former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., who instructed his prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences.

 
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News Alert Fri., May. 12, 2017 7:03 a.m.
 
 
Attorney General Sessions directs prosecutors to seek toughest drug charges, marking first significant effort by Trump administration to bring back the harshest practices of the drug war
In a two-page memo and sent to more than 5,000 assistant U.S. attorneys across the country and all assistant attorneys general in Washington, the policy orders prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.”
The tough approach had fallen out of favor in recent years with a bipartisan movement to undo the damaging effects of mass incarceration. The new measures are expected to lead to more federal prosecutions and an increase in the federal prison population.
The sweeping criminal charging policy overturns a 2013 memo issued under former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., who instructed his prosecutors to avoid charging certain defendants with drug offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences.
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