NEW YORK, NY — The Center for Policing Equity released the following statement in response to Attorney General Sessions’ order for federal prosecutors to seek maximum charges for drug offenses:
“Attorney General Sessions’ latest order is a sad confirmation of his intention to erode the progress civil rights organizations have made to advance criminal justice reform over the past several years.
“His across-the-board mandate to federal prosecutors to seek the maximum punishment for drug offenses will undoubtedly have disproportionately negative consequences on the most vulnerable communities—the communities that most need our help. It is an affront to justice, a wound to public safety, and a stunning retreat from the wisdom that science and police executives have accumulated together.”
Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Drug Charges Memo: “…Here’s why this matters in terms of Sessions’ order today: In an environment where you are likely to suffer brutal consequences for charging someone too lightly—and there’s really no way to suffer negative political consequences for charging someone too tough—having a federal environment that says you should be going harder rather than softer on crime might further incentivize folks to be afraid to charge too light. And that’s exactly the wrong signal to be making.” Read more here.
This is a guest post by Phil Goff, the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, and an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender. Read More