Former Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, the new president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says she plans to expand the school’s role so that it leads the national conversation on innovations in the courts, corrections and policing to fill the “void” created by the current Department of Justice leadership.
Speaking in opioid-ravaged Ohio, Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled a new analytics program to track drug prescriptions and sales, with a dozen prosecutors poised to lower the legal boom on offenders.
David Cole of the ACLU and Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project say there is little reason to believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ 1980s-style response to the narcotics menace will do anything to solve the problem.
In a critique of the Trump administration’s first 100 days in office, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University complains that the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions talk about a “nonexistent crime wave.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he didn’t want to make promises he couldn’t keep to police chiefs at a time of proposed cuts to the Justice Department budget. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson sought more federal prosecutions of gun crimes.
New Attorney General Jeff Sessions “appears preoccupied by violent crime, drugs and immigration,” says the Associated Press. Now that he has recused himself from any cases involving last year’s election, he can focus on those goals.
Sessions said during his confirmation hearing, “I did not have communications with the Russians.” New disclosures will increase pressure for a special prosecutor to be named to look into Russian infiltration of the presidential campaign.