On May 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions distributed a memo to all Federal prosecutors requiring they pursue mandatory minimum sentences, following on a reshuffling of Department of Justice (DOJ) priorities to emphasize prosecution of drug, gun and gang violence crime.
According to the ACLU, “Jeff Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to reverse progress and repeat a failed experiment — the War on Drugs — that has devastated the lives and rights of millions of Americans, ripping apart families and communities and setting millions, particularly Black people and other people of color, on a vicious cycle of incarceration.” Former Attorney General Eric Holder simply stated it was “dumb on crime.”
This change in policy places him at odds with liberals and conservatives alike such as Senators Chuck Grassley and Rand Paul, the Koch Brothers, the ACLU, and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, as well as Eric Holder. Prioritizing heavy-handed prosecution of low level drug crimes means there are fewer resources to direct toward more serious and far-reaching crimes like public corruption. In particular, this will have a devastating effect on communities of color.
Dept of Justice
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Hawai‘i Attorney General Douglas Chin
Senator Mazie Hirono (808) 522-8970 or (202) 224-6361 / https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact/email
Senator Brian Schatz (808) 523-2061 or (202) 224-3934 / https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact
Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard (808) 541-1986 or (202) 225-4906 / https://gabbard.house.gov/connect/share-your-ideas
Congressperson Colleen Hanabusa (808) 541-2570 or (202) 225-2726 / https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact
DEPT of JUSTICE : I’m calling to express outrage at Attorney General Sessions' policy on mandatory minimums. This policy reverses a bipartisan, widely-supported trend in sentencing that gives prosecutors greater discretion to tailor the punishment to the crime. The policy may also have the effect of creating a wave of mass incarceration that will disproportionately affect minorities. Thank you for your time and attention.
HAWAI‘I STATE AG : I am calling today to demand that Hawai‘i condemn Atty General Jeff Sessions’ return to a war on drugs and harsh sentencing. The policy reverses a bipartisan, widely-supported trend in sentencing that gives prosecutors greater discretion to tailor the punishment to the crime. The policy may also have the effect of creating a wave of mass incarceration that will disproportionately affect minorities. Thank you for your time and attention.
STATE SENATORS + CONGRESSPERSONS : Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling to oppose stricter penalties to low-level drug offenders. Jeff Sessions’ policies waste taxpayer money on incarceration and stricter sentencing that doesn’t deter drug offenders. I would like _MoC NAME_ to support the bipartisan Justice Safety Valve Act S.1127 (senators)/H.R. 2435 (rep) to give judges authority in sentencing.
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