In an interview with the New York Times, President Trump called it “very unfair to the president” that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election. Trump also said Sessions “gave some bad answers” during his Senate confirmation hearing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make asset forfeiture easier for local police to use under federal rules, but will impose new restrictions aimed at preventing the controversial practice from being abused, the Associated Press reports.
The House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to maintain funding for almost all current federal anticrime programs. Programs to aid crime victims could get more aid, but money to hire local police officers could drop. The measure still must be approved by the full House, the Senate and President Trump.
David Muhlhausen, an adjunct at George Mason University and an advocate of empirical research on justice issues, has testified before Congress on policing and prisoner reentry issues. He succeeds Nancy Rodriguez to head the National Institute of Justice, the DOJ’s research arm.
DARE was largely based on one idea: If you tell kids about how bad drugs are, they will be so scared that they will not use them. The program leveraged this to try to teach kids how to say no to drugs. It didn’t work. Decades of research show that DARE was nothing short of a complete disaster, failing to reduce drug use among youth.
The Justice Department said some of the 10 jurisdictions under scrutiny insist they are compliant with the law while still defiantly refusing to cooperate with efforts to detain and deport immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.