Former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, who found herself in the unemployment line earlier this year at the demands of President Donald Trump, lashed out against Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday, criticizing him for his desire to ramp up the war on drugs.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Yates gave Sessions a verbal beat down for his reversal of an Obama-era memo that once allowed federal prosecutors to take it easy on nonviolent drug offenders. The updated policy, which was put into place last month, orders prosecutors to go for the jugular of those busted for drug-related crimes.
Yates, a federal prosecutor under the Obama administration, said Sessions’ theory about violent crime increasing as a result of softer drug sentences is not based on facts.
“Not only are violent crime rates still at historic lows — nearly half of what they were when I became a federal prosecutor in 1989 — but there is also no evidence that the increase in violent crime some cities have experienced is the result of drug offenders not serving enough time in prison,” she wrote.
“In fact, a recent study by the bipartisan U.S. Sentencing Commission found…