June 24, 2017

Sally Yates takes on Sessions

The Hill - Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Friday slammed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s stance on criminal justice reform.

In a Washington Post op-ed titled, “Making America scared again won’t make us safer," Yates took aim at Session’s actions in May in which he reinstated mandatory drug sentences that were first imposed during the 1980s.

Yates wrote that Sessions was “stoking fear by claiming that as a result of then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s Smart on Crime policy, the United States is gripped by a rising epidemic of violent crime that can only be cured by putting more drug offenders in jail for more time.”

“That argument just isn’t supported by the facts. Not only are violent crime rates still at historic lows — nearly half of what they were when I became a federal prosecutor in 1989 — but there is also no evidence that the increase in violent crime some cities have experienced is the result of drug offenders not serving enough time in prison,” she continued.


Anonymous said...

I want to know, What is Jeff Sessions connection with the private prison industry. This looks like a classic case of he's gotten big campaign contributions from and/or has investments in the private prison industry and is using his office for personal gain. This is the only reason conceivable he'd want to breath life back into the absolutely failed war on drugs.

Anonymous said...

There may be a financial connection but another reason to reboot the horribly misnamed War on Drugs is to keep in place the criminalizing of minorities, mostly blacks and latinos. Sessions is a super racist.