Attorney General Jeff Sessions is getting tough on crime. He sent out a memo on Thursday to the nation’s 94 federal prosecutors, notifying them that they are to “charge and pursue the most serious and readily provable offense.”
The new guidelines are in direct opposition to former attorney general, Eric Holder, who started the “Smart on Crime” drug sentencing policy, which was focused on letting those who committed low-level non-violent crimes to go free.
Critics of Holder’s “Smart on Crime” policy say he “convoluted the process,” and instead of pursuing justice, prosecutors were applying the law unevenly.
The new guidelines also bring back into effect mandatory minimum sentences, which will likely increase prosecutions and send more criminals to jail.
According to Sessions, the fact that many major U.S. cities are experiencing an uptick in violence calls for a return to tougher tactics.
Critics of the changes made by Sessions say they will revive the worst aspects of the drug war. But Sessions has said a spike in violence in some big cities shows the need for a return to a tougher approach.
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