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WATCH: Jeff Sessions announces guidelines for stricter sentencing

PBS NewsHour

Speaking from the Department of Justice headquarters in D.C. today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new charging and sentencing guidelines for federal prosecutors. WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms. The move has long been expected from Sessions, a former federal prosecutor who cut his teeth during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic and who has promised to make combating violence and drugs the Justice Department's top priority. "This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency," Sessions wrote in a memo sent Thursday night to U.S. attorneys and made public early Friday. The move amounts to an unmistakable undoing of Obama administration criminal justice policies that aimed to ease overcrowding in federal prisons and contributed to a national rethinking of how drug criminals were prosecuted and sentenced.



Sessions relaunches Bush era crime-fighting plan

FOX News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is reviving Project Safe Neighborhoods on October 5, 2017. WASHINGTON-- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes. He announced on Thursday a relaunch of the program known as Project Safe Neighborhoods. The Justice Department has asked Congress for $70 million for the effort. Part of it focuses on sending certain gun crimes to federal court, where they carry longer sentences in far-away prisons.


What Will Trump Do About Police? Jeff Sessions Hints Justice Department May Ignore Police Accountability To Fight The Ferguson Effect

International Business Times

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the federal government should refrain from spending money to sue local police and should instead use its resources to help police figure out the best way to fight crime. His comments, made during a speech at the National Association of Attorneys General's annual winter meeting, allude to the new administration's plans to combat what has been popularly termed the "Ferguson effect" -- officers backing off of policing over fears that their actions will be questioned. The term traces its origin to the protests in Missouri city in 2014 after a white police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man. "One of the big things out there that's, I think, causing trouble, and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermined the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult…it's not been well-received by them, and we're not seeing the kind of effective, community-based, street-based policing that we found to be so effective in reducing crime," Sessions said, while also announcing plans to form a Justice Department task force on crime reduction and public safety. According to the Justice Department release of his prepared remarks, Sessions had originally planned to elaborate more on the "Ferguson effect" by referencing those who have publicly expressed support for the idea.


The left's attacks on Sessions show he's having an impact

FOX News

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire from the left. Meaningless tidbits from his past are being gathered by political opponents and trotted out as proof he had knowledge of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. What's clear is that he's an honorable person who is being attacked primarily because he's been effective. The left doesn't want him to succeed and is in bed with constituencies he threatens, including convicted felons and illegal aliens. The left would grant full voting rights to both groups in the expectation that they'll cast their new votes for big government and for disappearing borders and globalism.