The Trump Era
In Nixon-esk style, current U.S. president, Donald Trump, works towards his “tough on crime” campaign promise. Pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was an egregious indicator of his stance. The elderly sheriff who bragged about keeping prisoners in outside housing similar to concentration campus, Arpaio was convicted and given six months jail time for criminal contempt in his failure to stop racial profiling.
Current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, presses to rescind a memo written by Obama while president that instructed Eric Holder to advise federal prosecutors to avoid bringing charges against low-level drug offenders. Sessions encourages the opposite. However, a recent report revealed that White House interns challenged Sessions’ narrow views.
A video surfaced with interns grilling Sessions to about his position on police brutality, gun control and cannabis. A visibly uncomfortable Sessions attempts to defend his position to use aggressive tactics to “confront crime in America.”
Another one deals with him supporting criminalizing marijuana users.
Though Sessions and Trump commit to “tough on crime,” tactics, prison advocates push assertively for feasible re-entry conditions and prison reform. As well, prosecutors begin to reassess prison as the answer when the rise of heroin-related arrests and the heroin epidemic affect populations that were not connected to the 1980s to present crack-cocaine crisis.