President Barack Obama’s attorney general came down hard on a the new AG Jeff Sessions’ vicious policy that will harm minorities and their communities. Holder had choice words for how Sessions is leading the Department of Justice [DOJ] into hell with mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.
Holder was appalled by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo to his Justice Department this week about how drug crimes prosecutions should be handled. The new draconian policy struck both the ACLU and former AG Eric Holder as very wrong-headed. According to Law Newz, the memo read:
‘Prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.’
After Sessions crushed Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy, Holder responded with this statement, Law Newz reported:
‘The policy announced today is not tough on crime. It is dumb on crime. 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.’
Holder did not restrain himself when responded in a statement. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow:
‘Abandoning this evidence-based progress and turning back the clock to discredited, emotionally motivated, ideological policy also threatens the financial stability of the federal criminal justice system.’
The former AG’s 2013 policy maintained that federal prosecutors apply the harshest charges for violent criminals and the leaders of drug cartels. He also implemented more leniency for non-violent offenders, such as those who commit low-level drug crimes.
Holder claimed the DOJ research indicated federal law enforcers prosecuted more high-level drug crimes since the start of his Smart on Crime policy. He also claimed the DOJ would return to spending 33 percent of its entire budget on jailing people, but that may have been Sessions’ intent.
Holder’s statement brought the whole issue back to the bottom line, according his statement released by Maddow:
‘It is widely known that every $1 we spend on mass incarceration makes the country less safe, but Attorney General Sessions has not learned this lesson and is determined to continue the war on drugs with extremely brutal force.’
Check out former Attorney General Eric Holder’s entire statement below:
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— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 12, 2017
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