Wisconsin Prison Advocates Concerned about Federal Tough on Crime Edict

May 15, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants longer prison sentences for people who commit federal drug crimes. Late last week, he directed U.S. attorneys to seek the most serious charges possible. Sessions says tough action is needed to address the spike in violence in some cities and the opioid epidemic. Jerome Dillard spent time in both federal and state prison, and is now the Wisconsin director of Expo – Ex-prisoners Organizing. It works to end mass incarceration and help former offenders lead productive lives. Dillard told WUWM that he believes the new tough-on-crime attitude is the wrong approach.