The Trump administration called for brawny charges and longer prison sentence for criminals. Enforcement of federal sentencing rules, according to a memo the U.S. Department of Justice released orders on Friday.
In a two-page note to federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed course from the previous presidential administration and told the U.S. attorneys to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offence.”
The move is in line with hard campaign hyperbole, against criminals by U.S. President Donald Trump. “This is a key part of President Trump’s promise to keep America safe,” Sessions said.
Former president Barack Obama had sought to reduce sentences on jail time for low-level drug crimes and ease overcrowding at federal U.S. prisons.
Obama’s then-attorney general Eric Holder advised prosecutors to avoid pursuing the toughest charges in certain cases, such as minor drug offences.
U.S. states and the courts had a tendency to re-evaluate lengthy prison terms and instead focus on alternatives to reducing criminal behaviour.