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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The United States Government seized more from private citizens than burglars in 2014. Current federal laws regarding civil asset forfeiture are overstepping private property rights under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution. Under the Fifth Amendment it is the obligation of government to provide evidence against private individuals whereas current civil asset forfeiture laws require private citizens to prove innocence. Civil Asset Forfeiture, where government confiscation is acceptable if it’s in the name of protecting the United States against drug lords by taking away private property.

08/11/2017
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States Lead the Way on Criminal Justice Reform

Over the past several months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a step back on federal justice reform efforts, regressing to purportedly “tough on crime” stances. From advising increased penalties for nonviolent offenders to more recently promising an increase in the use of civil asset forfeiture by the federal government, Sessions has been doing everything in his power to give the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s full support to 80s-era policies from which many conservatives have abandoned in favor of evidenced-based practices that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

07/24/2017
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Jeff Sessions’ Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Should Concern Conservatives

FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye released the following statement on the recent action from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to increase the power of law enforcement to confiscate property of people who are innocent until proven guilty:

07/19/2017
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Cutting back on Mandatory Minimums: Limiting Federal Power

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to his staff last month that instructs prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious provable offenses, "those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences”.

06/19/2017
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New Sentencing Memo Takes a Step Back on Justice Reform Efforts

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo in which he ordered federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties for nonviolent drug offenders. The result of this change in sentencing policy means more nonviolent e will be subject to mandatory minimum sentences.

05/15/2017
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FreedomWorks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Sentencing Memo

FreedomWorks director of public policy and legislative affairs, Jason Pye, released this statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sentencing memorandum:

05/12/2017
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FreedomWorks Comments on AL Senator Strange’s Appointment

FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented on the appointment of Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.) to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation.

02/09/2017
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Capitol Hill Update: February 6, 2017

The House and Senate are in session this week

02/06/2017
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Capitol Hill Update: January 30, 2017

The House and Senate are in session this week

01/30/2017
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Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden's Memory Problems

Perhaps the cocktails preceding yesterday's welcome dinner at the American Constitution Society's annual convention are to blame, but when Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed the dinner, they appeared to be suffering from memory problems. As they spoke about the Senate's handling of President Obama's judicial nominees and Donald Trump's remarks concerning a Mexican-American judge, their memory lapses were too numerous to discuss in a single post. But here are several examples:

06/10/2016

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