U.S. Jus­tice Dept. to Stop Pur­su­ing Some Crim­i­nals

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In a memo of May 12, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions has given the U.S. Jus­tice De­part­ment and the FBI new priorities for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of crime.

Ses­sions or­dered that the Jus­tice Dept. "should charge and pur­sue the most se­ri­ous, read­ily prov­able of­fense", which means "those that carry the most sub­stan­tial guide­lines sen­tence, in­clud­ing manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence."

What this will likely mean in re­al­ity is that the FBI will no longer pur­sue cases based on their po­ten­tial harm to the peo­ple of the U.S. but will in­stead fo­cus their ef­forts on cases they can more eas­ily prove and get longer prison sen­tences for.

Com­bined with Trump's stance on dereg­u­la­tion, sup­port­ing po­lice against al­le­ga­tions of wrong-do­ing, tor­ture and killing the fam­i­lies of sus­pected ter­ror­ists, there will likely be an end or sharp de­cline to the pur­suit of cases of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, less in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cor­po­rate crime and gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion.

Amer­i­cans can ex­pect an in­crease in crime at higher lev­els and more po­lice bru­tal­ity while the pris­ons fill up with low level drug deal­ers.

The num­ber of pros­e­cu­tions for tax eva­sion is likely not to change even though the penal­ties aren't usu­ally sub­stan­tial.

Pros­e­cu­tions for Med­i­caid and Medi­care may in­crease be­cause the penal­ties im­posed are of­ten very high.

Don­ald Trump has re­quested the bud­get of the Jus­tice Dept. be re­duced by $1.1 bil­lion to $27.7 bil­lion.

The U.S. Jus­tice Dept. has 59 di­vi­sions and of­fices, in­clud­ing ma­jor di­vi­sions such as the FBI, the U.S. Mar­shals Service, the Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives (BATF), and the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DEA).

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