Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s latest sentencing reform legislation a “grave error” because it would lighten sentences for dangerous drug traffickers.
“Passing this legislation to further reduce sentences for drug traffickers in the midst of the worst drug crisis in our nation’s history would make it more difficult to achieve our goals and have potentially dire consequences.”
Sessions added that the legislation would reduce sentences for what he called a “highly dangerous cohort of criminals including repeat dangerous drug traffickers and those who use firearms.”
The legislation introduced by Grassley and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in October would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent repeat drug offenders, and eliminate the three-strike mandatory life in prison provision that critics said dramatically increased the nation's prison population.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which included Session as a member when he was in the Senate, is poised to mark up the legislation Thursday.