Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered remarks recently in which he outlined the four-point plan his Justice Department is working to implement in order to tackle the rise in violent crime gripping the nation.
Sessions outlined the four-point plan:
First, we’re making sure the federal government focuses our resources and efforts on this surge in violent crime. Two weeks ago, I announced the formation of a Department of Justice Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. It includes crime reduction experts from throughout the Department of Justice, including the heads of the FBI, the ATF, the DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service. The task force will evaluate everything we are doing at the federal level.
Second: We need to use every lawful tool we have to get the most violent offenders off our streets […]
Third: To turn back this rising tide of violent crime, we need to confront the heroin and opioid crisis in our nation – and dismantle the transnational cartels that bring drugs and violence into our neighborhoods […]
Finally: The federal government alone cannot meet the challenge of violent crime and drugs – so we need to protect and support our brave men and women in law enforcement. About 85 percent of all law enforcement officers in our nation are not federal, but state and local. These are the men and women on the front lines – the ones doing most of the tough and often dangerous work that keeps our neighborhoods safe.
Sounds like a heck of a lot of common sense to me, and that’s what this country is sorely lacking.
Within the remarks, Sessions really dug into what needs to be done, including an effort to suss out what should be dealt with at the federal level and what should be handled at the state level, as well as a shift in priority that needs to occur.
“In recent years, we have seen a significant shift in the priority given to prosecuting firearms offenders at the federal level. This trend will end. This Department of Justice will systematically prosecute criminals who use guns in committing crimes,” he said.
“Last week, I sent a memo to all our federal prosecutors, urging them to work closely with their federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to target the most violent offenders in their districts. Working together, we will determine which venue – federal or state – would best take these criminals off our streets immediately, and ensure they are properly punished for their crimes,” Sessions added.
We have a serious problem on our hands in this country, but as Sessions outlined, there are things that can be done about it.
It appears that President Trump and Sessions are on the same page and that the DOJ is, hopefully, set to work to implement the agenda Trump put forward that undoubtedly helped get him elected.
This country needs the restoration of law and order, and Sessions’ plan is a great start. Let’s see what they can do.