Sessions seeks to revive federal anti-crime program that targeted African-Americans

By | March 20, 2017

New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to revive 1990s law-and-order strategies that pumped up the nation’s prison population to the highest level in the world to fight the recent surge in urban violence.

He made the point in a tough-on-crime pep talk he delivered Wednesday to about 40 sheriffs, police chiefs and other law enforcement officials from Central Virginia during a visit to Downtown.

While more than 100 demonstrators denounced Mr. Sessions in a protest in the cold outside the SunTrust Center at 10th and Main streets, he was inside talking about ways the powerful U.S. Department of Justice he heads would work “to reduce crime and restore public safety.”

His statements underscored Mr. Sessions’ repeated promise to make fighting street crime a top mission of the Justice Department in support of state and local police. (Richmond Free Press)

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