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In Alabama, Jeff Sessions held views on criminal justice that should terrify reformers

Original story at Mother Jones• 5 mentions • 2 weeks ago

Mother Jones 2 weeks ago

 
Before he joined the Senate 20 years ago, Jeff Sessions supported imposing harsh penalties on juvenile offenders and even bringing back chain gangs—policies that were extreme even for their time and contrast sharply with bipartisan efforts today to move away from the tough-on-crime approach of the 1990s. Now President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general, Sessions stands on the threshold of overseeing the country's criminal justice system and setting sentencing guidelines for prosecutors. The Alabama Republican will face questions about his views on criminal justice at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. During his campaign for Alabama attorney ...
 
 
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10 Jan
Monika Bauerlein @MonikaBauerlein
If you've ever known or been a 13-yr-old, consider whether you think they should be tried as adults. Sessions does. https://t.co/1Sqdl0J2Qa
10 Jan
Inst. Policy Studies @IPS_DC
Sessions supported the use of chain gangs and life sentences for kids under the age of 14. https://t.co/xb3ocqeeuX https://t.co/XNX2ErdpH8
10 Jan
David Corn @DavidCornDC
RT @pemalevy: In Alabama, Jeff Sessions supported chain gangs for inmates and life sentences for children under 14 https://t.co/ABxwPQnhsh
10 Jan
Jeffrey Levin @jilevin
In Alabama, Sessions Held Views on Criminal Justice Far Outside Today's Mainstream https://t.co/56lQFrebHb https://t.co/2LGuLZzF9F
10 Jan
Mother Jones @MotherJones
In Alabama, Jeff Sessions held views on criminal justice that should terrify reformers https://t.co/ZvahCBRLRR https://t.co/dr2Tl6qRof