Jeff Sessions freshly appointed and already controversial attorney general under Donald J. Trump is wasting no time in overturning former Attorney General Eric Holder’s charging instructions to prosecutors across the country. Sessions believes that Holder’s memorandum stifled prosecutors and made them puppets of K Street and Washington as a whole. In a speech yesterday during a summit in Charleston, W.V. he explained his feeling on recreational drug use and what he believes is a rising violent epidemic to come if law enforcement doesn’t evoke tougher policies across the board.
Falling short of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte style enforcement, Sessions is steadfast in his need for reforming the Holder policy of being more lenient on non-professional, if you will, drug users that are not part of street gangs or trafficking rings. Sessions said “We will not look the other way; we will not be blind to your misconduct.”
Advocates of Civil Liberties are outraged by this of course and feel this is a move toward fascist policies. The feeling from this sect is that families will be devastated and ruined similar to the War on Drugs heyday during the Ronald Reagan/Bush 41 era. They also remark on how minorities are acutely affected by such an overhaul in federal prosecuting power.
This new directive will almost certainly increase prison population and boost revenue for private prisons. Sessions also wiped out Sally Yates’ instructions to the Justice Department to stop housing federal inmates in private prisons. He touched on the fact that he sees a different future for putting people behind bars.
On his mini speaking tour across the country, Sessions made no bones about the fact that he thinks law enforcement needs to get back to the more aggressive tactics it once used if peace is to be maintained on his watch. He noted recent spikes in serious crime remarking that “The murder rate has surged 10 percent nationwide, the largest increase in murder since 1968, and we know that drugs and crime go hand in hand. They just do.”