Thursday, July 23, 2015

Federal Prisons Could Release 1,000 Times More Drug Offenders Than Obama Did

New, retroactive sentencing guidelines begin to kick in.

A lesser-known policy change, enacted in 2014 with far less fanfare, will affect 1,000 times the number of people as Obama’s commutations. Colloquially known as “drugs minus two,” the amendment to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s guidelines could reduce the sentences of as many as 46,000 people.


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