And so it begins:
In a move expected to swell federal prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scuttling an Obama administration policy to avoid charging nonviolent, less‐serious drug offenders with long, mandatory‐minimum sentences.
Mr. Sessions’s new guidelines revive a policy created under President George W. Bush that tasked federal prosecutors with charging “the most serious readily provable offense.”
Drug War critics have feared this moment ever since President Trump nominated Sessions; now it is a reality. The effects will be no different than after past escalations: more crime and corruption, with little or no impact on drug use.