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AG Garland rescinds Trump-era restrictions on consent decrees

Judge Merrick Garland nominated by US President-elect Joe Biden to be attorney general delivers remarks at The Queen theater January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. - Biden nominated Judge Merrick Garland to be attorney general, Lisa Monaco to be deputy attorney general, Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general, and Kristen Clarke to be assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Judge Merrick Garland nominated by US President-elect Joe Biden to be attorney general delivers remarks at The Queen theater January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. - Biden nominated Judge Merrick Garland to be attorney general, Lisa Monaco to be deputy attorney general, Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general, and Kristen Clarke to be assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered remarks at The Queen theater January 7, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:41 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Attorney General Merrick Garland has eased restrictions placed on the use of consent decrees, revoking a memo by President Trump.

In his own memo to U.S. attorneys and DOJ leaders on Friday, Garland said it will be easier for prosecutors to use consent decrees to force changes on police departments.

Democrats argued the Justice Department needs more freedom to conduct probes into law enforcement agencies.

Reports say under the Biden administration, the Justice Department is shifting its focus to civil rights issues and criminal justice overhauls.

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