Bill That Would Allow Jeff Sessions To Criminalize More Drugs Meets Massive Opposition

More than 60 criminal justice reform groups signed a letter Monday calling for the dismissal of HR 2851, which would add federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes and expand Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ power to set criminal drug penalties.

The bill seeks to “stop the importation and trafficking of synthetic” drugs, which are dangerous alternatives to cocaine and LSD and other street drugs. Advocates of the bill, which is currently in the House Judiciary Committee, argue stricter sentencing is the most effective means of reducing drug crime, but the organizations who wrote Monday’s letter argue softer sentencing and an emphasis on treatment programs is the way forward.

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