How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs

Crime task force will review existing marijuana policy
The Washington Post (US)
Saturday, April 8, 2017

When the Obama administration reduced harsh prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, rave reviews came from across the political spectrum. Civil rights groups and the Koch brothers praised Obama for his efforts, saying he was making the criminal justice system more humane. There was one person who watched this with some horror. Steven H. Cook, a former street cop who became a federal prosecutor, saw nothing wrong with how the system worked — not the life sentences for drug charges, not the huge growth of the prison population. He went everywhere — Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, congressional hearings, public panels — to spread a different gospel. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought Cook into his inner circle at the Justice Department.