Why is Sessions doubling down on a failed drug war?

We already know what happens when prosecutors focus on mandatory minimums and severe sentences: we end up in a nation with the highest incarceration rate and an ongoing drug crisis that belies the aggressiveness of the War on Drugs. 

We already know that focusing on harm reduction, prevention, and treatment is more effective than focusing on long sentences and jail time. Yet, Sessions is intent on institutionalizing his obsession with incarceration, which will only sink us further into this crisis.

A recent study found that conservative Americans overwhelmingly support criminal justice reform and practices that focus on rehabilitation and prevention.

Why is Sessions doubling down on a failed drug war? | TheHill

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Sessions to Toughen Rules on Prosecuting Drug Crimes 

 

In contrast to Mr. Sessions’s views on drug crimes, the Obama administration pushed for more lenient and flexible sentencing laws and presided over the first decline in the federal prison population in a generation.

…Mr. Holder has said his policies were intended to reduce taxpayer spending on prisons and other public safety costs and to ease inequities in the justice system by scrutinizing the circumstances of each case rather than applying one-size-fits-all punishments of the toughest variety.

Mr. Sessions has argued that the Obama administration’s less aggressive approach toward prosecuting drug cases has inspired other crimes.

…Should Mr. Sessions push for a uniformly strict posture in prosecuting drug crimes, it would mark a significant shift in tone.

“Many advocates think there are too many mandatory minimums, and that federal charging in general is still too harsh, even after the shift in policy under Holder,” Ms. Starr said. “But this isn’t especially surprising given what we know about the attorney general and the president and their view on criminal justice.”

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Meh, a lot of totally-not-at-all-rooted-in-fact bullshit justifying his actions when Sessions just wants to put more black people in jail.

Substance Abuse Costing New Hampshire Over $2B 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A nonprofit advocacy group says its latest report on the effects of alcohol and drugs on New Hampshire’s economy confirms how the lack of workforce in the substance misuse field has contributed to a public health crisis.

…New Hampshire has one of the highest per capita death rates due to drug overdoses in the nation, with nearly 500 people dying from an overdose last year. The report estimates more than 30,000 people in New Hampshire over the age of 15 abused drugs in 2014. 

Report: Substance Abuse Costing New Hampshire Over $2B | New Hampshire News | US News

Considering the fact that this happen on the former governor’s watch, and that she not only willfully passed up multiple opportunities to shift gears from a prosecutorial to a treatment oriented approach to opioid abuse but chose again and again to obstruct anyone suffering from chronic pain from having any other treatment options than the highly addictive opioid prescriptions that serves as the highway to opioid addiction, well…

…Maggie Hassan needs to sit down and shut the hell up.

Jeff Sessions Wants to Kick the War on Drugs into High Gear

Gather ’round, kids.

It is now conventional wisdom that one of the worst mistakes the country ever made was launching its idiotic, wasteful “war”on drugs. In the three decades in which this “war” has been waged, we have lost two generations of African-Americans to the prison system, shaved the Bill of Rights down to a nub, tied the hands of the judiciary, and, finally, made not an appreciable dent in the problem of drug use and drug addiction. We have blessed ourselves with private prisons and militarized police forces, so there is that.

…There was a strong, evolving, and bipartisan consensus that it was time to call a truce on the “war” we were making on our own citizens. The country was getting sensible about marijuana and mandatory minimum sentences at the same time; conservatives abandoned simplistic law ‘n order coding and hopped on the bandwagon of criminal justice reform; in many cases, they took the wheel on it. And, at least rhetorically, the response to the opioid crisis was more reasoned and measured than the response to the crisis of crack cocaine was—and the reasons for that are worth exploring. But nobody wants to, least of all JeffBo. Over the weekend, we learned that this brief, fragile truce had ended.

Jeff Sessions Wants to Kick the War on Drugs into High Gear

Sigh….

Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, Drug Companies Over Opioids 

The Cherokee Nation filed suit against CVS, Walmart and others on April 20 declaring an “opioid epidemic of unprecedented proportions’ in Indian country.

…By ignoring red flags and refusing to monitor the supply chain, contributing to what is known as “drug diversion,” the suit alleges that the effects of opioid addiction has had a devastating human toll on the tribe’s citizens and crushing impact on its resources.

Cherokee Nation Sues Walmart, Drug Companies Over Opioids – Indian Country Media Network

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Shaheen: Money to Fight Opioid Epidemic Coming to N.H. 

Money that Congress approved last year to help states combat the opioid epidemic is headed to New Hampshire. 

Shaheen has been urging President Donald Trump’s administration to revise the formula used to allocate the funding so it prioritizes states like New Hampshire that are hardest hit by the crisis. She says she’s pleased officials have indicated that they will review the formula ahead of distribution next year.

Shaheen: Money to Fight Opioid Epidemic Coming to N.H. | New Hampshire Public Radio

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