The following is an excerpt from JON SCHUPPE | May 13, 2017 | msnbc.com |
The Trump era of drug enforcement has officially arrived, and it sounds a lot like the old days.
The message came this week in the form of a memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to all federal prosecutors: Stop seeking leniency for low-level drug offenders and start seeking the toughest penalties possible.
That's what federal authorities used to do, when the war on drugs fueled the passage of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. But under former President Barack Obama, the Justice Department tried to rein in the use of those statutes, which advocates say were used disproportionately against minorities and led to massive prison overcrowding.
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