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