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  1. Ron Strider

    Sessions' Renewed Drug War Will Lead To Mass Incarceration

    In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, under the instructions of President Trump, re-declared the war on drugs. The administration reinstated mandatory minimum sentencing, which means everyone involved in federal drug offenses are charged with the most serious crimes possible. That rolled back...
  2. Ron Strider

    Federal Prosecutors Union Backs Attorney General Sessions' Tough Stance

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent memo to federal prosecutors that instructs them to charge and pursue mandatory minimum sentences whenever possible – including for all drug cases – generated a wave of backlash among bipartisan criminal justice reform groups, some state and local...
  3. Ron Strider

    Sessions Orders Return To Tough Drug War Policies, Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors to return to tough policies against drug abusers, ending a push by the Obama administration to clear prisons of lower-level criminals serving long, mandatory minimum sentences. He rescinded two policy memos signed by a...
  4. K

    Canadian Judge Strikes Down Pot Grower's Minimum Sentence As 'Unconstitutional'

    Because Hai Thi Pham was growing 1,110 marijuana plants in a high-rise building in north west Toronto, in an apartment she didn't own, she should have received a mandatory minimum sentence of two - maybe three - years in prison. But an Ontario judge called that sentence cruel, unusual, and...