Preview of Member Only Content
For full access: or Become a Member
NACDL News: U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Reduce Drug Trafficking Sentences
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission on April 10 took another step toward making federal drug sentences more reasonable. The agency approved an amendment that would reduce the guidelines level for most drug offenses by two levels, amounting to an 11-month sentence reduction, on average. Unless Congress rejects the “drugs-minus-2” amendment, which was approved as part of a larger package of amendments, the change would go into effect Nov. 1, 2014. While the lower offense levels would apply only prospectively, the Sentencing Commission also asked for public comment on whether this change should be applied retroactively. NACDL strongly supported the original amendment in its comprehensive comments, available on NACDL’s website, and intends to file comments supporting retroactivity.
“This reduction is a modest step towards a more rational and humane sentencing scheme, one that does not substitute cold calculations of drug quantity for full and robust judicial consideration of factors
Want to read more?
The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.
NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.
Not a member? Join now.
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.
See what NACDL members say about us.
To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.
- Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.