Britany Riley  //  6/25/17  //  Topic Update

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to return to the harsh sentencing policies of the War on Drugs is misguidedreasons Radley Balko, responding to an earlier opinion piece by AG Sessions (WaPo).

  • The Session opinion can be found here
  • The effects will be disastrous for communities around the country, claims Don Winslow at Time.

The Trump administration should acknowledge the need for federal law enforcement to conduct an independent review of Philando Castile’s shooting, writes the WaPo editorial board.

  • David French argues in the National Review that it’s imperative that juries understand that not all fear is reasonable.


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Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.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