Providing Ammo to the War on Drugs, Attorney General Sessions Urges Prosecutors to Pursue the ‘Most Serious’ Charges
According to NPR,
…in his speech Friday, Sessions asserted that the policy change is aimed not at low-level drug users, but rather drug dealers and traffickers.
“If you are a drug trafficker,” he said, “we will not look the other way. We will not be willfully blind to your misconduct.”
Keith notes this marks a return to the “tough-on-crime philosophy” of the 1980s and ’90s — a return that advocacy groups have feared for some time.
The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund reports,
President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill issued the following statement in response:
“When President Trump asked Black Americans what we have to lose by electing him, the answer is all the gains we’ve made in advancing justice and fairness. By reinstating a long-discredited policy of harshly punishing individuals who commit low-level, nonviolent drug offenses, Attorney General Sessions has turned back the clock on our criminal justice system, ensuring it will continue to disproportionately punish Black people, harming our communities and widening painful divides in our society. For years, we’ve seen bipartisan agreement that these regressive policies drive racial inequality, destroy lives and unnecessarily drain tax payer dollars.