Lower Sentences for Drug Offenses Could Come Into Effect Soon

Decreased Sentences for Drug Offenses Might Happen Soon

Time reports that the U.S. Sentencing Commission recommended that prison terms for most drug offenses should be cut by a year

by #teamEBONY, April 11, 2014

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Lower Sentences for Drug Offenses Could Come Into Effect Soon

Lower Sentences for Drug Offenses Could Come Into Effect Soon

Sentences for non-violent drug offenses might soon be cut. 

Prison terms for most drug offenses in the U.S. should be cut by an average of close to a year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission recommended Thursday.

The commission voted unanimously to cut lower-level drug penalties, and its recommendations will go into effect in November if Congress doesn’t block them.

Around 70% of drug trafficking defendants would qualify for the reduction, and their sentences would be mostly cut by around 11 months, from 62 to 51 months on average, according to the commission.

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