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August 31, 2017

Despite Sessions’ Tough Talk, Drug Prosecutions Are Down In 2017
By J.E. Reich

While the current White House administration has been anything but shy in demanding a new crackdown on drugs like cannabis, it looks like it has nothing to do with the fact drug prosecutions are down so far in 2017. According to a recent report published by Syracuse University’s Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) using data from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, there has been an obvious downturn in drug prosecutions this year alone. But despite the fact that the downward tack this year has coincided with Trump’s first year in office is only a coincidence. In reality, it’s a small fraction of a larger picture—one that speaks more to President Barack Obama’s legacy than Trump’s. Despite Sessions' Tough Talk, Drug Prosecutions Are Down So Far In 2017 The numbers are part of a larger trend in decreasing federal drug prosecutions, ones that extend back into the pre-Trump age of 2016. “The latest data from the Justice Department, current through June 2017, show that fewer drug offenders were federally prosecuted over the past 12 months than at any time during the last quarter century,” the TRAC report stated.

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