Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Just Doubled Down on the Immoral, Racist, and Counterproductive War on Drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions knows that the United States is the world’s leading incarcerator. We imprison more people than any other nation in the world. But apparently he likes that distinction because he just doubled down on it, guaranteeing that more people will be locked up for drug offenses in America’s federal prisons.

Yesterday Sessions issued a new policy reversing the work done by former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. to reduce long mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.

Tell Sessions: the War on Drugs must end

The 2013 Holder policy, as well as other federal and state reforms, was beginning to work. In 2015, the incarcerated population in the United States fell to its lowest level since 2004. The number of people in state and federal prisons dropped by 2.3 percent, with 40 percent of that drop due to fewer people in the federal Bureau of Prisons. In fact, President Obama was the first president in at least 40 years to leave office with a smaller federal prison system than he started with.

President Donald Trump and his attorney general are doing everything in their power to paint a disturbing and even apocalyptic vision of America.

Overall, crime rates backed up this new strategy. Crime peaked in the United States in 1991, and today’s crime rate is less than half what it was in 1991. While there are some troubling increases in crime in specific cities, Americans are living in one of the safest periods in recent American history.

So when most Americans learned that the incarceration rate in the United States began to decrease and that overall crime rates were at historic lows, they cheered the news. Advocates on the right and left called it a good beginning, the dawning of a new era of a smarter and more equitable criminal justice system, while at that same time recognizing that there is much more work to be done.

President Donald Trump and his attorney general don’t like this new direction, and they’re doing everything in their power to paint a disturbing and even apocalyptic vision of America — one that is now being used to justify draconian policies that will lead to more Americans in prison.

Listening to Attorney General Sessions and to President Trump, you would think that America is living through a crisis of crime. Sessions constantly talks about a crime epidemic, selectively using statistics in a way that is misleading, and sometimes even outright lying. In his swearing in, Attorney General Sessions talked about a "dangerous permanent trend" of increasing crime. Yet that was a lie. There is no evidence of a national crime wave, as right now we’re living at a time when the crime rate is historically low.

But with this new directive, Attorney General Sessions is now implementing policies based on lies and misleading facts. He is directing federal prosecutors to increase a failed War on Drugs that has devastated the lives of millions of Americans, ripping apart families and communities, particularly Black people and other people of color, in a vicious cycle of incarceration. And he has already issued an order that will lead the federal government to rely more on private prisons, whose bottom line will increase under Attorney General Sessions’ new order.

If there is any good news to report, it’s that the American people are fighting back. From state legislatures to the ballot box, the American people have said with a clear voice that they want commonsense reforms to sentencing and drug policies, not a return to the draconian policies that have already cost us too much. Each day the ACLU and our allies on the right and left are fighting for an end to mass incarceration. From Louisiana and Texas to Pennsylvania and California, the movement to end mass incarceration is thriving in the states and in cities.

And there is nothing that Attorney General Sessions can do to stop this peoples’ movement.

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Cathy Stanford

Really Jeff Sessions? Try going after the cartel...not the non-violent offenders. It's dispicible that we already have the highest rate of incarceration in the world! Go after the BIG guys for a change!

Jeff Sessions

Hi I'm Jeff Sessions and I gay but won't admit it. I killed several niggers out of the name of justice just like my daddy. I store my klan uniform with my family bible and daddy's wizard uniform. Thank you Trumpy for giving me a platform to kill niggers under the premise of justice.

Anonymous

Well, when a journalist simply asks a question and gets thrown in jail, that should explain it. When a President in writing, in front of millions of people, literally threatens James Comey, is there any hope for sanity to return to the Whitehouse?

Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions father was a KKK member and lynched 3 people! Sessions was a Wizard himself and still has his robe!

Anonymous

Wasn't he photographed lately showing the White Supremist sign? Is it possible we've come to this????

Dragontitus

Not no, but hell no. You know what people, I say fuck his policies if they do not benefit citizens of the United States. No more, NO MORE.
Here is my policy. I do not consent for any any any motherfucker to represent me in any venue, on any topic, under any circumstances. I abide by Federal Criminal code and rules and the Holy Bible. Nobody, other than Jesus Christ and Almighty God has jurisdiction of authority. In my experience standards of every "official" defy reason, and defile reality. I refuse to participate in criminal activity, which does in fact include depriving anyone liberty, justice, self preservation (which includes the consumption of THC in any form that I choose as consumption preference. Prohibition and deprivation of consumption is far more criminal in fact.}. NO MORE. My authority has been provided, confirmed, and endorsed by Almighty God, Jeff Sessions authority is meager in comparison.

Anonymous

This is so disturbing...

Fact or fiction?

I would agree based on my travels around this country,Portland,salt lake,Denver,okc,Dallas,Tulsa,
Dayton,Columbus,Toledo,Tampa,St Pete,Miami,chicago,are places I have lived,In the last 10 years. I have seen drug addiction on a level most people never see or are aware of. Needles in the streets and Parks of Portland to crack pipes in Tampa,I have seen it all. The drug epidemic in this country is overwhelming and kills daily. I vow not to allow my emotions to be played by placing a mask on this situation and calling it racism. I'm not that dumb. Drug dealers at any capacity are slithery humans that kill on a daily basis. We must protect our own people because in the end we will be judged accordingly.

Anonymous

Fiction! incarceration will not solve the drug epidemic. This policy has not worked in past. What makes you think it will work now? I have suffered a loss last month from a drug overdose. She used because she was trying to feel better about her life. She wasn't able to get steady work or schooling as a result of economy & expense. It was a vicious cycle. One low level dealer after another supplied it to her. She found it despite supplier arrests or deaths.

Jk2017

These guys and the extreme right are no different from the Taliban clowns who use their religion and their own perverted righteous rules to legislate things in a way to oppress the vulnerables.

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