Helen Klein Murillo  //  6/4/17  //  Topic Update


Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s proposed budget for the Justice Department signals his intention to forego civil rights enforcement by omitting any commitment to prosecuting police officers for illegal use of force (Rewire).

  • President Trump’s proposed budget indicates that the administration intends to significantly weaken the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Divisionwrites Chiraag Bains at Take Care.
  • Andrew Cohen argues that the proposed budget is “unenlightened, regressive, and ultimately self-defeating” and that it will lead to increased crime (Brennan Center for Justice).

New congressional legislation aimed at protecting police officers may further criminalize communities of color while protecting officers from civil and criminal liability, argues Auditi Guha (Rewire).


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Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.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