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Meet the Deputy Attorney General

Sally Quillian Yates Deputy Attorney General
Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Sally Q. Yates was confirmed as the Deputy Attorney General on May 13th, 2015. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

When most people think of the Justice Department, they are likely to imagine the most visible parts of our job – the law enforcement agents who investigate crimes or the lawyers who prosecute them.  But the department’s core responsibilities go beyond investigation and prosecution. Unlike most states, the federal government puts its law enforcement agents, criminal prosecutors, and correctional officers all in a single department.  We handle every step from the start of an investigation to the end of a prison sentence.  Our work to house and rehabilitate individuals incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons is an important part of our responsibility and operations, accounting for 25 percent of the department’s budget every year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

There is no principle underlying our criminal justice system more essential than that we must treat equally the wealthy and the poor.  As former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy said in 1962, “If justice is priced in the market place, individual liberty will be curtailed and respect for law diminished.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to join with Director Botticelli of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to convene the first meeting of the Attorney General’s Heroin Task Force. The meeting was the first step in bringing together federal agency experts from law enforcement, medicine, public health and educational fields to help develop a coordinated response to our nation’s heroin crisis.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This week, the beloved children’s television show “Sesame Street” introduced a character named Alex.  Like hundreds of thousands of American children, Alex has a parent behind bars, and like them, he faces considerable challenges to his happiness, welfare, and chances of future success.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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