Sessions-driven DOJ memo will likely revive aggressive prosecution, mandatory minimum sentences

Sessions Driven Doj Memo Will Likely Revive Aggressive Prosecution, Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Published: May 9, 2017, 12:50 pm • Updated: May 9, 2017, 12:51 pm By Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a departure from Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and reshape the criminal justice system. The guidance is taking shape in the form of a memo that ultimately will be shared with the nation’s federal prosecutors, but the timeframe for release is unclear. Drafts of the memo have been circulating for weeks and have undergone revisions, so the final language is not yet certain. A person involved in the discussions described one version to The Associated Press speaking only on condition of anonymity because the guidance has not been publicly announced. As outlined, that version would encourage prosecutors to charge people with the most serious, provable offenses...

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