Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim on Wednesday at a number of criminal justice reform proposals that are being spearheaded by prominent Republicans in Congress in a letter he sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), according to CNN.
Congress is set to debate a number of proposals for criminal justice reform that stalled in the waning days of former President Obama’s tenure, but which have achieved bipartisan momentum in recent days and weeks.
Conservative and libertarian think tanks have become increasingly active in the criminal justice reform movement recently, with the end result being that an increasing number of traditionally conservative members of Congress — including Grassley and Texas Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) — have signed on to cosponsor various criminal justice reform bills.
When Sessions issued instructions to prosecutors to always charge suspects with the most serious provable offenses, he was harshly criticized by many Republicans, including Rand Paul.
Nonetheless, Sessions made his displeasure known with the latest comprehensive criminal justice reform efforts, which are sponsored by Grassley, by telling Grassley that the act “would reduce sentences for a highly dangerous cohort of criminals, including repeat dangerous drug traffickers and those who use firearms, and would apply retroactively to many dangerous felons, regardless of citizenship or immigration status… In my opinion, if passed in its current form, this legislation would be a grave error.”
Incensed by Sessions letter An attempt to undermine Grassley/Durbin/Lee BIPARTISAN criminal justice reforms This bill deserves thoughtful consideration b4 my cmte. AGs execute laws CONGRESS WRITES THEM!
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 14, 2018