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August 8, 2006

Will DOJ make public is new fast-track policy?

As first noted here, I heard yesterday from a trusted source that the Justice Department last week authorized a nationwide fast-track program for illegal re-entry cases (subject to approval by the local US Attorney).  This strikes me as huge news for a huge component of the federal criminal justice system, but I cannot find any official word on DOJ's website.

Interestingly, the DOJ website just posted this short speech from AG Gonzales, which details that the AG has "approved the allocation of 23 new Assistant U.S. Attorneys to U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide ... [to] be dedicated to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)."  Though this addition of prosecutorial resources is noteworthy, its impact on federal criminal justice case processing is likely to be paltry compared to any new fast-track policies.

Shouldn't DOJ feel some obligation to make public and also explain the basis for any significant shift in its sentencing policies and practices?   At the very least, I hope someone might confirm or deny  this reported policy change so that false hopes or problematic rumors do not grow.

IMPORTANT UPDATE HERE!

August 8, 2006 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

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