Sarah Mahmood  //  5/14/17  //  Topic Update

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a return to harsh punishments for low-level drug offenders (WaPo).

Jeff Sessions is following "the Obama script" on prosecuting cops, but not on police reform (WaPo).

The drugs used for executions can cause immense pain, which is particularly troubling given the recent executions in Arkansas, argues David Waisel, a professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School (WaPo).

Chelsea Manning is set to be released from prison next week, an early release resulting from President Obama’s commutation of her sentence (NPR).

  • The ACLU posted a timeline of her case.



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Attorney General Sessions rescinded 25 Justice Department guidance documents on how to interpret an array of federal laws.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