Unanimous U.S. Sentencing Commission Vote Allows Retroactive Reduction in Drug Trafficking Sentences
Up to 50,000 federal drug offenders in prison may be eligible for reduced sentences beginning in November 2015.
The proposal to reduce the guidelines applicable to the Drug Quantity Table by two levels, across all drug types, had been brought forth earlier this year and was unanimously approved by the Commission in April.
A public comment period followed the Commission’s vote, and over 60,000 public comments were received, including several from members of Congress, the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference, the Department of Justice, the Federal Public and Community Defenders, the Commission’s advisory groups, many advocacy groups, and law enforcement organizations.