Derek Reinbold  //  4/16/17  //  Topic Update


Announcing the “Trump Era,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions heralds increased enforcement of immigration offenses (U.S. News).

  • The press release can be found here.
  • The memo can be found here.
  • This announcement will hamper “local law enforcement’s mission to serve and protect,” argues Ali Noorani (Nat’l Immigration Forum).

The Trump administration is forging ahead quickly in its efforts to assemble a nationwide deportation force, reports David Nakamura (WaPo).

The Department of Homeland Security has resurrected programs deputizing state and local police to enforce immigration laws, a moved strongly denounced by the ACLU.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided not to renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a program meant to raise standards in forensic science (WaPoJurist). 

  • Here is the letter from scientists on the commission urging the Attorney General to renew the program.

The Attorney General has also ordered Department of Justice officials to review reform agreements with police departments nationwide (Rewire). 

The internal review of Civil Rights Division consent decrees threatens its value as an unbiased source, argues Nikolas Bowie (Take Care).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the “tough on crime” drug policies of the 1980s and 1990s, reports Sari Horwitz (WaPo).


Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House conducts a "listening session" with criminal justice reform advocates focused on prisoner re-entry. The Justice Department is heightening efforts to increase the use of capital punishment.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The Attorney General announced stepped-efforts to address the opioid crisis.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School