Decreased Sentences for Drug Offenses Might Happen 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.

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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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