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Attorney General Jeff Sessions made criminal justice hard-liner Steven H. Cook one of his top lieutenants at the Justice Department, signaling a return to the racially biased “war on drugs” policy that led to mass incarceration, the Washington Post reports.

According to The Post, Sessions and Cook are formulating a policy to step up drug and gun prosecutions, as well as enforcing mandatory minimum sentences.

After working as a police officer, Cook became a federal prosecutor and served as president of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys. He rejects the growing chorus of voices calling for criminal justice reform. At a Washington Post criminal justice forum last year Cook said the justice system is “working exactly as designed.”

With the onslaught of the crack epidemic in the 1980s, Congress passed laws intended to get tough on crime. Former President Bill Clinton enacted a crime bill that included a “three-strike” rule that mandated life sentences.

That crime-fighting tactic led to mass incarceration, costing taxpayers $80 billion a year. The criminal justice system warehoused African-Americans in prison for drug offenses 10 times more than Whites, even though Blacks and Whites used drugs at roughly the same rate. Blacks also received disproportionately longer prison sentences for minor drug offenses

Elected officials on the left and right eventually saw a need for reform. Former President Barack Obama led the way, reducing the sentences of 1,715 low-level, non-violent drug offenders to address the disparities, including crack versus powder cocaine sentencing, which devastated the Black Community.

Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation was moving through Congress in 2015, but tough-on-crime lawmakers stepped on the brakes. The Post pointed to Sessions, then an Alabama senator, as one of the fiercest reform opponents.

The National crime rate has dropped to about half of its 1991 high, according to the Brennan Center For Justice. Yet Sessions and others warned that a spike in places like Chicago signals a dangerous upswing. Cook was among those who testified, at congressional hearings, that reforming the criminal justice system would be a mistake.

“If hard-line means that my focus is on protecting communities from violent felons and drug traffickers, then I’m guilty,” Cook told The Post. “I don’t think that’s hard-line. I think that’s exactly what the American people expect of their Department of Justice.”

SOURCE: Washington Post

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9 thoughts on “Jeff Sessions Pledges New ‘War On Drugs’ Despite Failure Of Original One

  1. Dr. Larry on said:

    Stay within the law, you got nothing to worry about, black, white, brown, or yellow. Stray outside of the lines, the po-po gonna make you pay. Good citizens are tired of this shiggidy and we voted Trump to end this game. Drugs, crime, and gangs go hand in hand.

  2. The original so called “War On Drugs” was started by Nixon who wanted to control the hippies and Black militants.

    Look how all of that turned out!!!!

    Grand Wizard-Sessions needs to focus on how law enforcement officers interact with
    folks in urban areas and have them re-trained when it comes to the use of DEADLY FORCE!!!!

    With Chump in the WH-we will need all the blunts we can light up!!!!!!!!

  3. Diane on said:

    I’ve been saying , this country us going backwards. The bigots wanted to take they country back. Now We’re going to see what all that’s going to entailed . They don’t want the blk community to prosper. They don’t want to fix the inner city. They just want to find ways to enslave us by putting as many blk and brown ppl in jail. Disgusting!!

  4. Arthur Childress on said:

    Sessions gives less than a damn about drugs in urban centers. This is nothing more than a precursor to stop & frisk which will certainly be incorporated into any b.s. war on drugs initiative! Sessions is an evil, ugly little bitch of a man whose goal in life is to imprison as many Black men as possible!

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      This racist little neophyte had as his mentor, Alabama’s legendary white supremacist segregationist Governor George Wallace a dixiecrat who was shot in the ass while running for president. Wallace would spend the rest of his miserable life in a wheelchair drooling and defecating on himself. Encouraged by Wallace Sessions became a republican and ran for attorney general for Alabama!

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        OK…to be fair…not too long after the shooting, Wallace had a “come to Jesus moment” and repented, declaring that he now loved the Nigra’s (his word not mine).

    • Chris on said:

      You’re right, he should just continue Holder’s and Lynch’s highly successful crime fighting tactics. It worked so well in Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Milwaukee……..

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