Oped: Trump, Sessions and Nehemiah -- A Fateful Choice for the Next AG

Rev. Brawley, Rabbi Mosbacher, Rev. O'Connor, Bishop Miles, Trump

Oped: Trump, Sessions and Nehemiah -- A Fateful Choice for the Next AG

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
New York Daily News

A s faith leaders, we have long studied the biblical story of the person who returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls of his beloved city. Nehemiah was both a visionary and a realist. He knew he needed a trowel to reconstruct the walls of the city. But he also kept a sword at hand to defend himself and his fellow workers from attempts by opponents to undermine their work.

We will keep Nehemiah very much in mind as we begin to test the tendencies of the new administration. Does it want to be rid of the reproach of bulging and costly prisons and jails? Does it want to end the warehousing of young people charged with minor offenses and those with mental illness? Or does it want to maintain these profoundly anti-American policies and ambush those who seek to reverse them?

We hope and pray that the President-elect’s choice for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, will pick up a trowel and join us in a constructive campaign to rebuild a more equitable and efficient criminal justice culture in our land....