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October 18, 2018

'Tough on Crime Jeff Sessions Touts Plummeting Corporate Crime Enforcement Like It's an Achievement
By Robert Weismann

On Wednesday of this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) touted the agency’s fiscal year 2018 enforcement record even as the figures show that prosecution of white-collar crimes and corporate misconduct have plummeted. "Sessions aims to criminalize immigrants and people of color, but he and the president coddle corporate wrongdoers."Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bragging that he’s sending more people to prison than ever, or at least charging more people with crimes than ever before. The self-proclaimed “tough on crime” Sessions is spiking prosecutions on immigration and drug charges – unsurprising and unjust outcomes of his misnamed “zero tolerance” enforcement policies. But Tough Guy Sessions is showing an astoundingly gentle touch when it comes to corporate crime. Sessions says prosecutions of white-collar crime increased 3 percent to more than 6,500. But white-collar prosecutions remain perilously close to a record low; the increase means fiscal year 2018 is now the third-lowest year for white-collar prosecutions in the past 20 years, according to data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

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