Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticizes Republican criminal justice reform efforts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took aim on Wednesday at a number of criminal justice reform proposals that are being spearheaded by prominent Republicans in Congress in a letter he sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), according to CNN.

What’s the background?

Congress is set to debate a number of proposals for criminal justice reform that stalled in the waning days of former President Obama’s tenure, but which have achieved bipartisan momentum in recent days and weeks. Among these bills, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would make significant reductions in mandatory minimum sentences, particularly for drug offenses.

Additionally, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have led a separate bipartisan push for bail reform.

The bills are collectively designed to increase fairness and flexiblity in the criminal justice system, and to reduce the United States prison population — a significant portion of which is held there on bail awaiting trial.

Conservative and …