Friday, May 12, 2017

Sessions Cracks Down: Reverses Obama-era Sentencing Guidelines

In a bid to impose strict and maximum punishment for crimes, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo directing federal prosectors to impose punishments on crimes more harshly.
According to the memo sent to all 94 United States attorneys’ offices, Sessions has directed federal prosecutors to bring the most “serious, readily approvable offense” charge in all cases moving forward.
The memo, that comes as a major move by the country’s top law enforcement officer, signals that the Department of Justice is serious about being tough on crime.
The memo also effectively rolls back a memo issued by then-Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013.
That memo encouraged prosecutors to use their discretion when filing criminal charges — especially in low-level drug offenses and other cases that elicited mandatory minimum sentences.
Sessions claims in his memo that “charging and sentencing recommendations are crucial responsibilities for any federal prosecutor.” 

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