drug+sentence1Around 46,000 inmates sentenced before Nov. 1, 2014 on nonviolent drug sentences could have their time reduced by two years thanks to a unanimous vote by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday.

If approved by Congress, Commission Chair Judge Patti B. Saris states this move “reduces prison costs and populations and responds to statutory and guideline changes since the drug guidelines were initially developed, while safeguarding public safety.”

Advocacy groups widely praise the new guidelines. The D.C.-based Families Against Mandatory Minimums, which advocates for the elimination of mandatory minimums had this to say: We did it!”

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  • Me

    wow. i almost don’t believe it. hope they use those 2 yrs for good.

  • yoshi3329

    Here for this.

  • Something is better than nothing. This is a step in the right direction, but mandatory minimum sentences in my view should be abolished. Ultimately, the War on Drugs have many imperfections as documented by people from across the political spectrum. No one is advocating that criminals should not be punished. Folks are just saying that the criminal justice system has great unfair and something has to be done so real justice can flourish in our society without reactionary policies.