//  4/23/17  //  Topic Update


Although the Trump Administration’s criminal justice moves to date has been largely symbolic, they evidence a clear turn back to the tough-on-crime policies of the 1990s, argues a new report detailing criminal justice in President Trump’s first 100 days (Brennan Center for Justice).

  • The new Take Care–affiliated podcast, Versus Trump, explains and discusses Department of Justice consent decrees with local police departments (Take Care).
  • Jennifer Rubin argues in the Washington Post that President Trump is “ignorant and deluded about crime.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions penned an op-ed in USA Today in which he states that violent crime is surging in American cities and argues for proactive policing

  • Sessions’ view is contradicted by a report by the Brennan Center for Justice suggesting crime rates have dropped dramatically and remain near historic lows.
  • Vulnerable populations are under relentless attack by the Trump Administration in the first 100 days, Charles Blow argues for the NYT.
  • The Hill reports sweeping changes at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Sessions.
  • Attorney General Session is planning to double down on mass incarceration (Vice).

As the DOJ hides police data and moves away from investigating racialized police violence, advocates lose an important tool, explain Leah Litman and Helen Klein Murillo in the part two of the Information Wars Series at Take Care.

One month after the Trump Administration requested that all remaining U.S. attorneys immediately resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has not filled any of the positions (ABAJournal).


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Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.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