AG Sessions: 'Drug Dealers are Going to Prison' - Tells Prosecutors to Seek Maximum Sentences
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling on federal prosecutors to charge criminal suspects with the most serious, provable, offences under a new directive.
“By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences,” the AG said.
Published Friday, the memo sets out the new ‘Charging and Sentencing Policy’ for the Department of Justice. Sessions states that the core principle of the new policy is that “prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offence.”
Prosecutors “deserve to be unhandcuffed and not micromanaged from Washington,” Sessions said of the sentencing memo.
The AG acknowledged that there will be cases where a prosecutor will conclude that a strict application of the policy is not warranted, but any decision to diverge from the policy must be explained in the file and approved by a United States attorney or assistant attorney general.
Speaking about the new policy at the Justice Department on Friday, Sessions said: “Let’s be clear – we are enforcing the laws that congress has passed, our fundamental mission and our constitutional duty.”
“It means we are going to meet our responsibility to enforce the law with judgement and fairness. But it is important to note that, unlike previous charging memoranda, I have given prosecutors discretion to avoid sentences that will result in injustice.”
Addressing drug offences specifically, Sessions warned: “Drug dealers are going to prison.”
“We are returning to the enforcement of laws passed by congress, plain and simple. If you are a drug trafficker we will not look the other way.”
He noted that his office was not focusing on low level drug offenders but drug dealers citing hauls of 1kg (1,000g) of heroin, 5kg of cocaine, 10,000kg of marijuana.
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