TAKE ACTION – Demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions Reconsider His Stance on Drug Policy & Sentencing

Review the following actions, statements and releases from policymakers and organizations advocating for more fair sentencing. Demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescind the DOJ’s May 10, 2017 guidance to federal prosecutors. Encourage him to work towards fairer sentencing and drug policies. Join the resistance, circulate these resources and take action. Bookmark this page for updates and calls for action.

BACKGROUND

 

On March 31, 2017 the Justice Roundtable Coalition sent a letter to Attorney General Sessions Urging Preservation of the Department of Justice’s Smart on Crime Guidance and Related Policies. This request was ignored and on May 10 AG Sessions issued a Memo to Federal Prosecutors that will escalate the destructive war on drugs, exacerbate racial disparities, soar the prison population, and increase costs to taxpayers.

PETITION: Sessions: Rescind Your Draconian Memo

PETITION: Don’t Escalate the Failed War on Drugs


ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS’ May 10, 2017 MEMO TO FEDERAL PROSECUTORS

CONGRESSIONAL STATEMENTS OPPOSING THE SESSIONS MEMO

  • Sen. Dick Durbin statement: Durbin Statement on AG Session Move to Force Needlessly Harsh Prison Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Offenses (May 12, 2017)
  • Sen. Rand Paul statement: Dr. Rand Paul Releases Statement on Attorney General’s Action on Mandatory Minimums (May 12, 2017)
  • Congressional Black Caucus: CBC Chairman Statement on Sessions Guidance to Federal Prosecutors (May 12, 2017)

ORGANIZATIONAL STATEMENTS OPPOSING THE SESSIONS MEMO

LAW ENFORCEMENT STATEMENTS EXPRESSING CONCERN

  • Law Enforcement Leaders (LEL) to Reduce Crime and Incarceration statement: Prosecutors & Police: Justice Department Misguided to Focus on Drug Crimes (May 9, 2017)

NEWS CLIPS ON THE SESSIONS MEMO, ET AL.

OTHER

  • DEA360 remarks: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at DEA360 Heroin and Opioid Response Summit on (May 11, 2017)

 

ARCHIVES

EMERGENCY RALLY – STOP SESSIONS AND THE NEW DRUG WAR – Tuesday, May 16, at noon.  In front of U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC.  See flyer, click to download and share on social media using #StopSessions and #NoMoreDrugWar.  Visit and share the Rally’s Facebook Page and let us know if you are attending.

SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS: 

#StopSessions. Demand #JeffSessions not bring back the #warondrugs.

#NoMoreDrugWar  bitly.com/NoMoreStop

Noon rally in #WashingtonDC at @thejusticedept to tell #StopSessions from bringing back #warondrugs. #NoMoreDrugWar

I’m going to help #StopSessions on Tues. May 16 at the DOJ. Rally with me for #NoMoreDrugWar

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