Federal Prosecutors Argue Sentencing Reform Would Harm Law Enforcement


A group of federal prosecutors, the National Association of Assistant U. S. Attorneys, is opposing sentencing reform bills now being considered in Congress. The organization contends that “the current federal sentencing system and its penalties for drug trafficking represent a far better
approach toward equal justice under the law than the alternatives currently under consideration” on Capitol Hill. In a white paper titled “The Dangerous Myths of Drug Sentencing ‘Reform’ “, the group argues that reform proponents “gloss over the significant changes in federal sentencing guidelines that have already and will continue to result in the early release of thousands of convicted drug traffickers.”

The prosecutors say that these changes will continue regardless of whether any new law passes. “The impact of these early releases is certain to inflict greater strains upon law enforcement efforts to preserve safety and dismantle gangs and drug trafficking organizations,” say the prosecutors, adding that reducing mandatory minimum sentences would “only aggravate and compound these harms.” The number one myth in the eyes of prosecutors is that the federal prison population “is exploding because of the incarceration of recreational drug users or low-level drug offenders.”

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