In doing so, he promised that prosecutors would be “un-handcuffed and not micromanaged from Washington.”
That justification is laughable. In actuality, the announcement demonstrates a stunning lack of faith in the decisions of line-level prosecutors. It imposes — rather than removes — the handcuffs for prosecutors, returning us to the policy of the 1990s and 2000s, when incarceration and corrections spending spiked without a measurable impact on drug use or public safety.
To understand Sessions’s lack of respect for the prosecutors he supervises, one need only examine the procedural differences between the policy he announced and those it replaced. In 2010, then-Attorney General Eric Holder gave more discretion to federal prosecutors by directing them to consider “the merits of each case, taking into account an individualized assessment of the defendant’s conduct and criminal history and the circumstances relating to the commission of the offense (including the impact of the crime on victims), the needs of the communities we serve, and federal resources and priorities.Read more at WashingtonPost