Courts in Session’s DOJ

Before Trump’s election, a bipartisan consensus had been emerging that racialized mass incarceration is ineffective and unjust. Add this to a decline in the federal prison population over the course of the 2000s, and criminal justice policy seemed to be taking a turn in the right direction. But with Jeff Sessions at the helm of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Nixon-era “law and order” mentality is back, and measures are being taken to send more people to prison—and for longer.

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