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Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to be introduced during a Bureau of Prisons Correctional Worker's Week Memorial Service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to be introduced during a Bureau of Prisons Correctional Worker's Week Memorial Service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo Friday ordering prosecutors to pursue the "most serious, readily provable" charges and the toughest sentences for drug crimes.

It's a major reversal of the Justice Department's approach under former President Obama, which sought to reduce sentences for non-violent drug offenses. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with NPR's Ron Elving (@NPRrelving) about the new sentencing guidelines.

This segment aired on May 12, 2017.

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