A proposed reduction in sentences of federal drug offenses is slated to apply retroactively to 46,000 non-violent drug offenders currently incarcerated
The federal sentencing commission is recommending the reduction in drug
sentences be applied retroactively to 46,000 prisoners currently incarcerated.
The sentencing commission has recently recommended that a two level reduction in
the guideline level be applied to all drug offenses.
The reduction is based on attempting to minimize the amount of nonviolent drug
offenders who are incarcerated in the federal system. The strict and harsh sentencing in federal drug cases has led to a serious overpopulation of federal prisons which has placed the majority of these prisons at overcapacity and cost the taxpayer vasts amounts of money to attempt to keep
up with the ever-increasing prison population.
Nonviolent drug offenders have faced extreme mandatory minimum sentences and
very high guideline levels; the sentencing commission is attempting to curb this
trend. Eric Holder the Attorney General has also recommended to his offices that
they avoid charging extreme mandatory minimums which do not allow judges to
exercise discretion against nonviolent drug offenders.