Ian Eppler  //  8/24/17  //  Topic Update

  • President Trump has not filed paperwork declaring the opioid crisis to be a “national emergency,” in spite of referring it to as such several times (NYT).
  • Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ leadership, policies considered part of the War on Drugs are favored again, argues Lois Beckett at the Guardian.

  • Federal law should treat the crime of domestic terrorism on the same level as it does international terrorism, argues Mary B. McCord at Lawfare.



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.

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Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.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