Online Broadband Guide
Online Broadband Guide


Sessions revives failed drug policies

Sessions revives failed drug policies

In a response to Mr. Sessions's move obtained by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Mr. Holder noted on Friday that federal prosecutors focused on "more serious drug cases" after his policy took effect. Mr. Holder also faced legal constraints, though he pressed against them aggressively: His policy involved declining to list the quantity of drugs in the possession of certain petty, nonviolent defendants, so as not to trigger automatic, harsh sentences.

Members of Congress reacted Friday with mixed reviews - some sharply critical - of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new directive that could potentially ramp up criminal charges in cases involving nonviolent drug crimes. If you want to collect a drug debt, you can't, and don't, file a lawsuit in court.

"We will enforce the laws passed by Congress pure and simple", he said at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C, adding that prosecutors deserved to be "unhandcuffed and not micro-managed from Washington".

Tough sentences were emblematic of the distrust many communities of color held for law enforcement and the justice system.

"These reversals will be both substantively and financially ruinous, setting the Department back on a track to again spending one third of its budget on incarcerating people, rather than preventing, detecting, or investigating crime" Holder said of Sessions's decision in a statement on Friday.

He suggests filing "the most serious, readily provable" charges with include substantial punishment and mandatory minimum sentences. "You collect it by the barrel of a gun". "It is an ideologically motivated, cookie-cutter approach that has only been proven to generate unfairly long sentences that are often applied indiscriminately and do little to achieve long-term public safety".

"While we appreciate the attorney general's commitment to reducing crime and combating unsafe opioid abuse, we think his strategy is misguided, unsupported by evidence, and likely to do more harm than good", FAMM said. In 2013, when the Obama administration changed policies, the population was at a staggering 220,000, causing an overcrowding in the prisons that was become too large to handle.

The repercussions of this move will undoubtedly reverse the decline in the federal prison population of recent years, incarcerate more people engaged in the lower levels of the drug trade, and exacerbate racial and ethnic disparities in the federal criminal justice system.

Obama officials cited that decline and a drop in the overall number of drug prosecutions as evidence that policies were working as intended. He argues Holder's approach sidestepped federal laws that impose such sentences and created inconsistency across the country in the way defendants are punished. "Instead, we must direct resources to treatment and to specifically combating violent crime", said Brett Tolman, a former USA attorney in Utah.

Still, some prosecutors felt constrained by the Holder directive and expressed concern that they'd lose plea bargaining leverage - and a key inducement for cooperation - without the ability to more freely pursue mandatory minimum sentences.

"I trust our prosecutors in the field to make good judgments", Sessions said.

"They deserve to be un-handcuffed and not micromanaged from Washington", he said.

Associated Press writer Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia contributed.

follow

editors' picks

May 14, 2017
Helicopter crew warns paddle-boarders about nearby sharks
What are the chances of getting attacked by a shark while swimming at local beaches? And it's odd to see them this early. Paddle-boarders off the coast of California had a shock, after a shark alert was issued to them by police helicopter.

May 14, 2017
Ducks' reward for Game 7 win is date with Rinne and Preds
WATCH BELOW: Oilers super fan Jerry MacLachlan posts a rap about Oilers before the team's Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks . The Oilers jumped in front by winning twice in Anaheim, then lost the next three, including back-to-back games in overtime.

May 13, 2017
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are 5 facts about the day
On the way to Mexico City, a well-equipped French army of 8,000 encountered 2,000 Mexican men conscripted from the area of Puebla. Mexico had troubles paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt .

May 13, 2017
Watch a new Twin Peaks teaser from Showtime
Twin Peaks airs from May 21st on Showtime Stateside, and shortly afterwards on May 22nd on Sky Atlantic in the UK. The latest trailer for Twin Peaks has arrived ahead of the show's highly anticipated return this month.

May 12, 2017
8 shot during San Diego pool party; suspect dead
San Diego pool shooting where Peter Raymond Selis was eventually gunned down by responding police. That's when the man suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot his friend in the torso, Griffin said.

May 12, 2017
Everton coach Koeman gives ultimatum to Barkley
The Everton manager also said that he wanted to sign players to compete for Barkley's position this summer. Mazzarri added: "We reached 40 points with six games left, and now we will see how well we finish".

May 11, 2017
Former official says she warned White House about Flynn
The hearing brought the issue of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian officials back into the public eye. And presented with that information, Donald Trump and his team did nothing. "Yes it is", Clapper acknowledged.

May 10, 2017
Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigns
Fox News co-President Bill Shine has resigned and will leave the network within a few weeks, Fox News announced Monday afternoon. Some at Fox believed Shine gave the network stability and continuity as it was buffeted by the Ailes and O'Reilly episodes.

May 10, 2017
Twitter Is Dragging Dove For Their Body Shape Body Wash Bottles
Dove recently launched their " Real Beauty Pledge", a set of three statements to mark 60 years since the launch of the brand. And, presumably, when it can't, it just uses a series of molds that women are supposed to fit themselves into.

May 09, 2017
Buffett criticizes United and its CEO over dragging incident
On the issue of Amazon, Buffett underestimated Jeff Bezos' business savviness and faulted the execution of the site's concept. He said he was more comfortable buying shares of Apple Inc, in which Berkshire has disclosed a 133 million share stake.