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Jeff Sessions is a hard-liner on crime, but his record suggests he may not be a Torquemada in the war on drugs


CRIMINAL MINDED: Some Republicans have embraced criminal justice reform, which has led to changes in red states such as Texas and Alabama.

JEFF SESSIONS, the man slated to become the next U.S. attorney general, has a complicated history with the war on drugs. Just ask Stephanie Nodd. Though she was never caught with narcotics, police arrested her in 1990 for a minor role in a crack cocaine ring in Mobile, Alabama. Sessions was the U.S. attorney for the state’s Southern District back then, and his office prosecuted Nodd, a 23-year-old single mother and first-time offender, sentencing her to 30 years behind bars. Her four small children were left to grow up without her.

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