Of all the cabinet members appointed by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is clearly the worst.

He’s proven that a couple times in the last few weeks. And one of his orders is going to hurt the youth of Northwest Indiana.

Here we have a guy who was named the nation’s top lawyer, and he apparently doesn’t have a real grasp on the nation’s federal court system.

When a federal judge sitting in Hawaii ruled against Trump’s latest attempt to limit immigration, Sessions’ response was anything but a page out of our legal system.

He seemed bewildered by the federal court system.

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the U.S. from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions said.

Hawaii is our 50th state and does have a judge presiding over a federal court. Anyway, I guess it is a long way from Sessions' home state of Alabama.

The Hawaii thing was nothing compared to Sessions' latest order that all federal prosecutors must seek the maximum penalty in narcotics cases.

Yep, throw the book at them.

This reverses the recent successful efforts of groups across the country to give prosecutors and judges total freedom in charging and sentencing those arrested for narcotics offenses.

Sessions is ordering the country back to the disastrous federal sentencing guidelines of 1987.

And Northwest Indiana is one of the areas that will be most seriously impacted.

Hundreds of young people — many of them selling small quantities of narcotics to support their own drug habits — were sent to prison for long periods of time under the old guidelines.

That resulted in overcrowded federal prisons and the destruction of young lives that shouldn’t have been left to rot behind bars.

That is especially true in Northwest Indiana, where too many young people get involved with drugs hoping to survive.

It also stripped judges of one of their primary responsibilities — handing down a sentence appropriate for the circumstances and the offense.

Instead, Sessions is throwing compassion out the window in favor of a more barbaric system of justice.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Rich James has been writing about state and local government and politics for more than 30 years. Email him at rjamescolumns@gmail.com. The opinions are the writer’s.

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