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July 13, 2017

Still more from AG Sessions on crime and punishment... and some critical commentary thereon

This recent post reprinted some excerpts of a speech by Attorney General Sessions at the 30th DARE Training Conference, and AG Sessions hit some similar points in this subsequent speech yesterday in Las Vegas to law enforcement personnel. This Vegas speech gave special attention to immigration enforcement and "sanctuary cities," and here are excerpts from the start of the speech that help highlight how AG Sessions view a tough approach to law enforcement as central to everything that government seeks to achieve: 

Since the early 1990s, the crime rate has steadily come down across the country — that is, until two years ago. Now, violent crime is once again on the rise in many parts of America.  The murder rate, for example, has surged 10 percent nationwide in just one year — the largest increase since 1968.

These numbers are shocking, and they are informative, but the numbers are not what is most important. What’s most important are the people behind the numbers.  Each one of the victims of these crimes had a family, friends, and neighbors. They’re all suffering, too....

We cannot accept this status quo, and this Department of Justice will not accept it.  Every American has the right to be safe in their homes and in their neighborhoods.

The first and most important job of this government — and any government — is to protect the safety and the rights of its people.  If we fail at this task, then every other government initiative ceases to be important.

As law enforcement officials, we have the responsibility to stop — and reverse — the surge in violent crime and opioids that has taken place over the last two years.  And under President Trump’s leadership, this Department of Justice will answer the call and do its part.

To that end, I have directed our federal prosecutors to work closely with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels to combat violent crime and take violent criminals off our streets.

As we all know, the vast majority of people just want to obey the law and live their lives.  A disproportionate amount of crime is committed by a small group of criminals.  And the more of them we apprehend, prosecute, and convict, the more crime we can deter.

Meanwhile, as AG Sessions has been this week expounding his vision for federal criminal enforcement, some commentators concerned about his vision have been explaining their concerns.  Here are two recent pieces with critical commentary on what AG Sessions is up to:

July 13, 2017 at 10:48 AM | Permalink


It seems your hopes for Mr Sessions were entirely misplaced - his approach is entirely about politics, nothing to do with the fair application of the law. And outdated politics at that.

Posted by: peter | Jul 13, 2017 4:14:11 PM


I concur, he was slanted towards the guidelines on his own, now with Prez Trump wanting to be known tough on crime, Sessions can act out his thoughts, no matter how misdirected. Its a shame that things cant be pucked up from administration to another, continuity is a good thing. I guess if the successor us from the same party continuity is more likely.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Jul 13, 2017 10:28:12 PM

There is so little punishment in this country, one needs a microscope to spot some. Commit 30 million serious crimes and face 2 million prosecutions. Each prosecution has to stand in for the 200 crimes a year committed by career criminals and addicts, privileged, protected and enabled by the traitor lawyer profession.

You pro-criminal scum are morally disgusting.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 13, 2017 11:55:12 PM

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