The new commission correctly focuses on treatment, not prison, for America's drug problem. But other plans to vigorously enforce drug and marijuana crimes could resurrect outdated, ineffective, and wasteful policies.
Sessions’ aggressive stance on crime, based on misleading statistics, shows we could be headed toward policies like another ‘war on drugs.’ This was a major factor in making the United States the world’s number one jailer.
The Brennan Center released two analyses ahead of Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General. They cover Sessions's civil rights record and highlight a past scandal that should serve as a cautionary tale.
Overall crime rates in 2016 are projected to remain the same as last year, according to a year-end analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice. The murder rate is projected to increase, driven by problems in Chicago.
Candidates are taking the debate stage for the first time in the general election, and are likely to discuss crime, policing, and national security. New data analysis and briefing memos unpack some of the rhetoric around these issues.