The Justice Department, along with the Department of Education, is trying to stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline." J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey is pictured earlier this month during his swearing-in ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Newly minted FBI Director James Comey speaks at a swearing-in ceremony last week at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in February. In a landmark decision half a century ago, the justices guaranteed a lawyer for criminal defendants who are too poor to afford one. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling on the Justice Department to state its position on marijuana's legal status. Here, a man inspects a shirt depicting the U.S. flag made of marijuana symbols, at a medical marijuana show in Los Angeles earlier this year. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in June. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for significant changes to the way the nation deals with convicted criminals. And he's not alone. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency. The case that prosecutors want journalist James Risen to testify in involves an alleged leak of information by a former CIA agent. Greg E. Mathieson Sr. /MAI/Landov hide caption

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FBI Director nominee James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. Comey spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor before serving in the George W. Bush administration, where he is best-known for facing down the White House over a warrantless surveillance program. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Royce Lamberth, former presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, says the court is no rubber stamp. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Jim Comey, then deputy attorney general, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in 2005. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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