Although drug policy reform advocates are concerned that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to implement policies that will affect the average dope user, his goal is not “to fill prisons with low-level drug offenders,” says U.S. deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
In a recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, Rosenstein writes that AG Sessions’ recently revised policy directing federal prosecutors to go for the maximum penalty in drug-related cases is a serious attempt to reduce crime in the United States. The goal of the plans, he claims, is to put a tighter leash on criminals that managed to escape lengthy jail sentences during the Obama administration.
“During that time, unless cases satisfied criteria set by the attorney general, prosecutors were required to understate the quantity of drugs distributed by dealers and refrain from seeking sentence enhancements for repeat offenders. Beneficiaries of that policy were not obligated to accept responsibility or cooperate with authorities,” he wrote.
The man responsible for the federal government’s more reasonable approach to dealing with drug offenders, former AG Eric Holder, emerged back in…