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CRACK AND PUNISHMENT

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

@emilycadei

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

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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