By Ryan J. Reilly, HuffPost published on May 12, 2017.
After thinking that life was going in a more humane direction, Attorney General Jeff Session is turning back the clock, saying “a harsher approach is moral and just.” Sessions this week in a May 10, 2017 memo has instructed federal prosecutors to take a more aggressive stance against federal criminal defendants. The result? Longer sentences for drug offenders which will probably cause the dropping federal prison population to rise again.
This is a reversal of former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, who determined that mandatory minimums were creating a nightmare in increasing the U.S. prison populations. Mr. Sessions uses his concept of a “core principle” to charge as much and go for the highest sentencing possible when prosecuting criminal cases.