As the campaign against sex trafficking grows into a $47 million cottage industry, it has also been spurring a “moral panic” that sex workers say makes them increasingly vulnerable to police abuse, and turns them into targets for those with religious or moral objections to prostitution.
The independent Community Oriented Policing Services office, created in 1994 to assist local law enforcement, may be folded inside a DOJ division as part of a White House efficiency drive. In a letter supported by major police groups, 135 Congress members said the move could threaten communities “struggling” to pay for public safety.
The Brennan Center for Justice disputes a Trump administration claim of a crime wave, estimating that crime in the nation’s largest cities will drop this year. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, using apparently dated FBI figures, said on Monday that violent crime is up.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions meets with his Colombian counterpart in Cartagena three months after President Trump threatened to decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless Colombia reverses a rise in coca cultivation.
The Attorney General tells a news conference that “effective enforcement” should be a priority for new legislation. He also announced a new DEA Division for the Appalachian region, and the appointment of Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump’s top advisers, to oversee White House initiatives to combat opioid abuse.
Attorneys for former South Carolina cop Michael Slager, who faces sentencing next week for shooting a man who was running away from him, argue that Slager’s failure to recall details of the confrontation is akin to the Swiss cheese memory exhibited by Attorney General Jeff Sessions during testimony about the Trump campaign’s Russian contacts.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn’t stray much from the Trump administration’s tough-on-crime rhetoric, but he described as “worthy” efforts to fight crime with “solutions … apart from prosecution and incarceration.”
Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Mike Lee (R-UT) tell a conference sponsored by the conservative Charles Koch Institute that they are campaigning hard to pass an overhaul of federal sentencing laws. The Charles Koch Foundation released a four-volume report on “Reforming Criminal Justice” that is aimed at being accessible to policymakers and to the public.
As Louisiana prepares to institute forward-looking sentencing reforms next month, the New Orleans newspaper criticizes Attorney General Jeff Sessions for looking backward toward the failed tough-on-crime strategies of the 1990s.
A bipartisan coalition of police leaders, prosecutors and former justice officials called for ‘modern strategies’ and ‘innovative solutions,’ in a letter to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, released ahead of Wednesday’s summit in Wash. DC. The Justice Department responded that “Americans voted for President Trump’s brand of law and order.”