US AG issues new criminal charging policy

US AG issues new criminal charging policy

US AG issues new criminal charging policy

Strekal also said that, while NORML acknowledges the shortcomings of the Obama administration in the realm of decriminalization, the reforms that were put in place during his presidency - chief among them the contents of the Cole Memo - have been key to the success and security of state-legal weed.

That cancels the more progressive policy enacted by ex-attorney general Eric Holder in 2013, which had prosecutors shift away from seeking mandatory minimum penalties for low-level offenders. Congressman Adam Schiff, a former federal prosecutor, questioned whether tougher sentencing would be doled out fairly. Recommendations for sentencing departures or variances require supervisory approval, and the reasoning must be documented in the file.

TELL US, where do you stand on the Sessions Memo? And he outlined exceptions for not pursuing mandatory minimum sentences, including if a defendant's crime does not involve violence or if the person doesn't have a leadership role in a criminal organization. In the past, prosecutors could refrain from declaring the whole amount to the court so as not to trigger the mandatory minimum. Still, the federal criminal justice system is quite large - given that it houses almost 200,000 prisoners - and Trump and Sessions seem keen on making it even larger.

But, as Vicereported on Thursday, Sessions seems to be leaning hard on the "law enforcement" part of that strategy, while "treatment and prevention" fall to the wayside.

Lawrence Leiser says the policy will "restore the tools that Congress intended" federal prosecutors to use to punish drug traffickers and dismantle gangs.

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This statement, released Friday (May 12), rolls back a crucial Obama-era policy in the Justice Department, aimed at mitigating harsh sentencing laws imposed in the past.

And even if they opt not to pursue the most serious charges, prosecutors are still required to provide judges with all the details of a case when defendants are sentenced, which could lengthen prison terms.

When asked if it would have a visible impact on their cases, she said, "no". His defenders will likely attempt to dismiss criticism as partisanship inspired by loyalty to the erstwhile Obama administration. "Attorney General Sessions' new policy will accentuate that injustice". It's dumb on crime.

The Justice Department released the new directives on Friday. And the American Civil Liberties Union said Sessions is " pushing federal prosecutors to reverse progress and repeat a failed experiment-the War on Drugs".

"The Trump administration is returning to archaic and deeply-flawed policies", Inimai Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center's Justice Program, said in a statement.

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On Capitol Hill Friday reaction was mixed.

This meant that Assistant US Attorneys could use their discretion based on the circumstances of each case. Sessions of Alabama. At one point, Sessions said that "good people" don't do drugs like marijuana and said the reforms would "endanger" Americans.

All in all, it's safe to say Sessions' memo directing a renewed pursuit of mandatory sentences introduces a bad new policy.

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Chaffetz requested those memos and other records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday. Chaffetz, however, said that he was more interested in the person who leaked the news.

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