Why Jeff Sessions’ Consent Decree Memo Is Worse Than You Thought
November 19, 2018

The Marshall Project

“On his last day as U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions issued a memo making it more difficult for Justice Department officials to obtain court-enforced agreements to stop civil rights abuses by local police departments. At least, that’s how his missive has been framed. It’s actually worse than that.”

“Stymieing future consent decrees is bad enough, but Sessions’ memo will make it challenging to negotiate any effective police reform agreement going forward. It also makes it more difficult for the Justice Department’s civil rights lawyers to enforce agreements already in place.”

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