The Case Against William Barr

The former AG, whom President Trump has nominated to return to his old job, is likely to continue the hardline policies of his official predecessor Jeff Sessions. Americans hoping for justice reform deserve better, writes one of the nation’s leading criminologists.

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Trump Picks Tough-on-Crime Veteran William Barr to Head Justice Department

Barr, 68, a hardliner who served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration, is considered to have widespread bipartisan support, but he will still likely face tough nomination hearings. The president said Barr was his “first choice from day one,” though he acknowledged he didn’t know him until recently.


Science Takes a Hit at the Department of Justice

The official shutdown of the Justice Department’s Science Advisory Board was announced in a terse message to members this week. One member says it’s a step backwards from an ambitious attempt to apply scientific and evidence-based thinking to the federal justice structure.


New Jersey AG Assails ‘Harebrained’ Federal Immigration Policies

In a blunt talk to students and faculty at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal said state attorneys-general have been critical to the struggle against “harebrained” federal efforts to criminalize immigrants over the past two years. But conservative federal court appointments will make things tougher, he warned.