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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at a conference for the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Nashville, TN on Thursday, his focus, increasing the prison population!
You would think that government would be more interested in decreasing prison population, wouldn’t you?
The federal prison population has decreased from 220,000 to 180,000 over the past few years. To me, that would seem like a good thing, we’re getting a handle on crime and fairer sentencing. What part of that doesn’t Mr. Sessions get? He wants to pursue “longer” sentences, and his reasoning is rather perplexing. Mr. Sessions stated “We’ve got some space to put some people, we need to reverse a trend that suggested that criminals won’t be confronted seriously with their crimes.”
Really? When was it ever “suggested” that criminals wouldn’t be punished for their crimes? Does the idea that those in former administrations came to their senses and realized that maybe, just maybe, some of the punishments we’ve dealt out over the years were a bit too harsh for the crimes committed mean that they weren’t punished? No, it doesn’t. It means that justice was dealt out the way it was meant to be dealt out, fairly.
Clearly since Mr. Sessions was presenting his speech to a group of law enforcement officials, he must have been looking for a laugh from his audience.
Sir, you are not a comedian!
Sessions also wants to pursue mandatory minimum sentences, he thinks that’s a “step in the right direction.” Can someone please tell this man that he is moving backwards.
While he received some standing ovations at the conference, at least one sheriff didn’t completely agree with his irrational thinking.
Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County, TN doesn’t think that because jail space is available, it should be filled. While wanting safe communities, Hall acknowledged that keeping jails filled hasn’t proven to accomplish that. In fact, Hall is working with the district attorney, public defender and Nashville judges to try to create ways of lessening the jail population by sending fewer misdemeanor suspects to jail before trial. It must be working because Nashville’s jail population is down 30% over the past 2 years.
Nashville has also built a new jail with 100 “fewer” beds than the old jail, and has added a treatment center for those with mental health and substance abuse issues. This is a city that is focused on what Mr. Sessions should be focused on, “treating people instead of locking them up.”
Sessions massaged the egos of the crowd by calling them “the thin blue line that stands between the law-abiding and the criminals” and commenting on how we are “not going to stand by and let violent crime increase.”
At least now we know where our U.S. Attorney General stands, in his mind there are only two types of people, violent criminals and law-abiding citizens.
Can you guess in which of these two categories he will place those with sex offenses?