Jeff Sessions Anti-Drug Crackdown Makes An Enemy of Rand Paul

Jeff Sessions Anti-Drug Crackdown Makes An Enemy of Rand Paul

Jeff Sessions Anti-Drug Crackdown Makes An Enemy of Rand Paul

On matters of policy it's not often that Republicans and Democrats or conservatives and leftists can agree on much of anything.

You might look at the prison population and think, 'Well, if you do the crime, you do the time.' But the problem with that mentality is that not all Americans are busted equally, so MM sentences tend to hit certain demographics in the country - especially minorities and poor people - more than others.

We are returning to the enforcement of the laws as passed by Congress-plain and simple.

As our friends at Right on Crime sometimes put it, it is possible to be tough and smart at the same time. And the first casualty in Trump's War on Drugs is the very concept that Sessions is supposed to serve - justice.

The move is a reversal from former President Barack Obama's Justice Department, which discouraged mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

For Harris, the task among progressives and conservatives alike is clear: "To fight Jeff Sessions and his old-fashioned, discredited and unsafe approach to drugs, we must embrace what all regions have in common and build coalitions". "His charging memo throws decades of improved techniques and technologies out of the window in favor of a failed approach".

Rand Paul, Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky, on Monday penned an opinion piece for CNN, condemning Sessions' policy change.

Unfortunately, the war on drugs has been an absolute failure and has probably created more crime and criminals. It has ruined lives. In fiscal year 2012, Hofer found, "6,780 defendants convicted under drug statutes carrying a mandatory minimum penalty appeared to meet the memo's measurable criteria", but "most of these already receive [d] some form of relief from the mandatory minimum penalties". But Reagan doubled down on the War on Drugs, and by the year 1997, the number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to more than 400,000, at taxpayer expense. The industry contributed heavily to the Trump campaign. Executing the law is his and Sessions' objective.

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The bill's authors say this would restore the proportionality, fairness, and rationality to federal sentencing by allowing federal judges to tailor sentences on a case-by-case basis. And instead of a life sentence, is 40 years enough in some cases?

Furthermore, there's a legitimate argument that this issue should be left up to the states, not the federal government.

In a statement Tuesday, Leahy spokesman David Carle said the Vermont Senator has been pushing measures to better protect police with bullet proof vests, strengthen programs that provide death and educational benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement and authorize funding for an Anti-Heroin Task Force. Harsher criminal sentences will not keep people from their vices. Statistics show that the average American citizen commits three felonies every day. This is a salient point in some cases-what else do you call letting Wall Street off pretty much scot free after destroying the world economy or turning a blind eye to USA citizens executed in drone strikes?-but not really when it comes to drug law enforcement. Two states, Georgia and Texas, have enacted good prison reform and have had impressive results from doing so.

Minimum mandatory drug sentencing, which imposes inflexible prison length terms on defendants regardless of the details of their particular case, can be traced back to the Boggs Act of 1952, but the modern start of the "war on drugs" can be attributed to President Richard Nixon's 1971 declaration that drug abuse was "public enemy number one in the United States".

We must ensure that our most severe mandatory minimum penalties are reserved for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers.

This is also an opportunity for churches and other non-profit organizations to take a greater role in ministering to people and caring for those who are suffering. Treating all drug crimes the same is nonsense - it hasn't worked in the past and it won't work in the future.

"Sessions and the U.S. Attorney's office are going backward in the direction that we came from, which is kind of sad", says Robert James, a former DeKalb County, Ga., district attorney.

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