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AG Sessions Directs Federal Prosecutors to Focus on Violent Offenders

“Use every tool we have” to investigate and prosecute violent offenders. That was the order given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to federal prosecutors across the nation yesterday as part of his effort to crack down on the recent uptick in serious crime.

In a memo to the Justice Department’s 94 U.S. attorney’s offices, Sessions told prosecutors to work closely with federal, state, local and tribal authorities to target the most violent offenders in each district, reports The Washington Post.

“Turning back our nation’s recent rise in violent crime is a top priority for the Department of Justice and it requires decisive action from our federal prosecutors,” Sessions said in a statement released late Wednesday. “I’m urging each of them to continue working closely with their counterparts at all levels, and to use every tool we have to put violent offenders behind bars and keep our citizens safe.”

Overall crime in the U.S. is at an all-time low, but serious crimes such as homicide has been on the rise in some large cities.

To help bring investigations and prosecutions against suspected criminals, Sessions encouraged prosecutors to use laws relating to firearms, robbery, carjacking, and drug offenses.

Sessions also said in his memo that prosecutions under the federal Controlled Substances Act “can drive violent crime down.”

While it remains unclear how Sessions will enforce federal laws against the use of marijuana, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he expects states to be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws.

Session’s effort to crack down on violent crime is in line with President Trump’s agenda, as he has already signed three executive orders directing the Justice Department to create a crime-reduction task force and take steps to target criminal gangs, reduce violent crime and curb attacks on police, reports The Washington Post. Trump spoke of rising crime in his inaugural address and promised he would end “American carnage.”



Photo: "Jeff Sessions" by Gage Skidmore. Used under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0, cropped from original.



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Tags: DOJ, Attorney General, federal prosecutors, violent crime, Jeff Sessions


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