McEachin on Attorney General Sessions’ Guidance to Federal Prosecutors

May 12, 2017
Press Release

RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement in response to Attorney General Sessions’ guidance to Federal Prosecutors:

“Today, Attorney General Sessions distributed guidelines to federal prosecutors that can only be described as harsh, outdated and discriminatory.

“To suggest that low level, non-violent drug offenders should be locked away in prisons with hardened violent criminals, for extremely long mandatory minimum sentences, only destroys individuals and families and does not keep us safe. That is why I spent my career as a trial attorney and public servant working to end overly severe punishments, while promoting solutions that restore and reform the incarcerated.

“We need to focus more effort on rehabilitation, addiction programs and creating programs and circumstances where non-violent drug offenders are able to build back their lives and become constructive citizens. That not only serves our communities, it helps the offenders and their families. Too often children are the innocent victims. Rather than let their lives and their futures be destroyed by locking away their parents, we need to enable those parents to kick the drugs, get the skills for a job and focus on their families.

“Removing discretion and substituting it with harsh and rigid sentences is cruel and counterproductive.”

 

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