Chris Christie declined to comment Monday on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' memo that requires mandatory minimum sentences even for non-violent drug offenders.
"This policy shift flies in the face of the growing bipartisan consensus that we need to reduce-not increase-the length of prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders". Also on the list is George W. Bush homeland security adviser Fran Townsend, but of the partisan types former Republican Rep. Mike Rogers looks to be the one lighting up the hey-maybe-that-wouldn't-be-entirely-insane D.C. insider buttons.
Under former Attorney General Eric Holder, prosecutors were urged to use discretion, especially for low-level drug offenders.
Mandatory minimum sentencing has done little to address the very real problem of drug abuse while also doing great damage by destroying so many lives, and most Americans now realize it. Such statements echo the "tough on-crime policy" of decades prior, notably during the crack-cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and '90s, when the contemporary "war on drugs" was waged with exceptionally punitive disdain for Americans guilty of nothing more than possessing small, recreational amounts of drugs.
Now, with Sessions' latest move, that piece of legislation looks more like a thing of the past, and few of the bill's Republican co-sponsors are coming forward to address the matter. As of this writing, only Sen. In a 2010 survey of federal judges nationwide by the US Sentencing Commission, the majority of judges who responded said they believed that mandatory minimum sentences were too high in drug cases involving crack cocaine and marijuana.
"Mandatory minimum sentences have unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated too many minorities for too long", Sen.
Someone should tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions that we tried this before, especially in NY state when the Rockefeller drug laws were in effect.
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Democratic Senator Cory Booker took to Twitter to voice his concern about Sessions and his outdated, racially consequential policy on drugs.
With officials more interested in reaching prison quotas than true reform, it's a situation unlikely to see a resolution anytime soon, with critics fearing that more citizens will be herded into the justice system. Bennett did not return a request for comment on Friday.
He points to language in Sessions' memo that states: "There will be circumstances in which good judgment would lead a prosecutor to conclude that a strict application of the above charging policy is not warranted".
That response is considerably measured for a representative of organizations that have not been afraid to criticize the Trump administration on other issues. If the accused had not resorted to violence, been a member of a large-scale trafficking gang or cartel, or had a lengthy criminal history, Holder's policies allowed prosecutors leeway to avoid charging defendants with crimes that would trigger long, mandatory sentences that were unlikely to benefit either the offender or society in general.
While Congress has not yet succeeded in passing significant sentencing reform (it's always harder to remove bad laws than to pass them), the reaction to Sessions' proclamation is heartening.