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July 26, 2017

Timely and puzzling statement from AG Sessions on work of DOJ Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

While he has been getting bashed repeatedly by Prez Trump in recent days, Attorney General Sessions has been noticably quiet.  This afternoon, however, the Justice Department released this press release under the heading "Statement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Recommendations From the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety."  Here is its full text:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following statement on the work of the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety:

"Every American, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to be safe in their homes and neighborhoods.  And yet, in many locations, the violent crime rate is rising, and in some of our urban areas, the increase is staggering.  Reducing this crime surge is a top priority for President Trump and the Department of Justice.  Consistent with the President's Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, I created the Task Force in February and it has provided me with recommendations on a rolling basis.  Dedicated professionals from throughout the Department have been listening to our partners in state, local, and tribal law enforcement; identifying successful violent crime reduction strategies; and developing recommendations on actions the Department can take to help improve public safety.

"I have been acting on the Task Force's recommendations to set the policy of the Department.  I will continue to review all of the Task Force's recommendations, and look forward to taking additional steps towards ensuring safer communities for all Americans."

I do not think this press release is meant as a direct response to recent statements by Prez Trump, but I do think it serves as an indirect way for AG Sessions to remind Prez Trump that the AG is busy doing the job Prez Trump appointed him to do.  In addition, an (informal?) deadline for the Task Force's recommendations was set for July 27, and I believe a lot of folks (myself included) thought we could be getting some public information about the Task Force's recommendations on that date or soon thereafter.  I believe this statement by AG Sessions is suggesting that no big formal announcements or big DOJ changes of policy should be expected tomorrow.

But maybe AG Sessions is saying and signaling something else with this statement.  When I first read it, I started looking for some other new document which set out some of the Task Force's recommendations.  But I have not found any such document, nor (after a re-read of this statement) do I think such a document is soon forthcoming.  That is why I find this statement somewhat puzzling, though perhpas I should not try so hard to read between the lines.

July 26, 2017 at 01:46 PM | Permalink

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Translated from government speak: "Deadline on Task Force is almost at hand. Because some folks in the "fake media" (i.e. anybody unwilling to forget what we said in the past) have made note of the deadline, we think we have to say something about the Task Force. We are willing to say that the Task Force has been doing its duties. We are not ready to publish any of its conclusions or announce any policy changes based on those conclusions yet."

Sounds like the recommendations of the Task Force (whatever those recommendations might be) are for internal distribution only at the present time. DOJ is not committing to if or when they might disclose some or all of the recommendations and policy changes. (Some of the language might suggest that the Task Force will continue past this week.) Bottom line message for the public is that DOJ has been working on this issue and will do something fantastic to eliminate crime in the near future.

Posted by: tmm | Jul 26, 2017 3:45:04 PM

"...identifying successful violent crime reduction strategies;..."

What the ...?

Stop decarceration at all levels, at less crime solving, at fewer arrests, at fewer prosecutions of the arrested, at lesser chrges of the prosecuted, at the coddling of the convicted by criminal coddling judges, at prison over-crowding in fewer prisons left open, requiring waiting lists to get into prison.

The answer is not that hard.

Even when one party controls the elected branches of government, the lawyer run government is stymieing the will of the majority of real Americans who elected Trump, an action/result minded businessman.

Posted by: David Behar | Jul 26, 2017 8:10:11 PM

Talking about crime reduction (segue!) ...

https://takecareblog.com/blog/allowing-felons-to-vote-could-prevent-crime

Posted by: Joe | Jul 27, 2017 10:18:45 AM

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