Sessions: Rescind Your Draconian Memo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just issued a memo calling on prosecutors to pursue harsh sentences for people charged with nonviolent drug offenses. We can't let this escalation of the drug war stand.

Petition to the Department of Justice:

I urge the Department of Justice to rescind the memo issued by Attorney General Sessions to prosecutors calling on them to push for the “most serious” charges against people, hoping to trigger mandatory minimum drug sentences.

This is a disastrous move that will increase the prison population, exacerbate racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and do nothing to reduce drug use or increase public safety.

The push for long mandatory minimums will destroy people, families and communities. The Department of Justice must rescind the memo immediately and adopt smart on crime policies instead of going back to the failed policies of the past.