What Does it Mean for Criminal Justice Reform Now That Jeff Sessions Has Been Confirmed?
Date:  02-09-2017

The Marshall Project reports on eight areas of reform that might be in jeopardy
From The Marshal Project:

Under Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican reported to be President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Attorney General, the Justice Department — like much of the federal government — is poised to undergo a radical shift. The great majority of criminal prosecutions take place at the state level: About 211,000 people are locked up in federal prisons, compared with 1.3 million in state prisons, according tothis useful chart from the Prison Policy Initiative. But Sessions would set the agenda on who faces the full might of the federal government, including — if some Trump supporters get their way — Hillary Clinton.

Trump himself can quickly eliminate criminal justice changes put into place by executive order, such as banning solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prison or directing federal agencies not to ask about criminal backgrounds in job applications. Here’s a look at what Sessions, a former U.S. attorney and state attorney general in Alabama, could change at one of the nation’s most powerful agencies. Continue reading >>>