U.S. Sentencing Commission votes for retroactivity of new reduced drug guidelines

imgresYesterday the US Sentencing Commission voted unanimously for full retroactivity of new reduced drug guidelines.  Here are items from Sentencing Law & Policy site by Professor of Law Doug Berman, and Press Releases from the US Sentencing Commission and AG Holder:

USSC votes for full (though slightly delayed) retroactivity of new reduced drug guidelines
Excerpt:
“I just received this early report via a credible source as to what the US Sentencing Commission did this afternoon on the issue of making its new lower guidelines retroactive:

The Commission just voted unanimously to make the “drugs minus 2” amendment retroactive with a single limitation — no order reducing a sentence can take effect until Nov. 1, 2015.  This is later than the Judicial Conference recommended (they proposed that it effect in May 2015 to give courts and probation time to prepare)….

The Commission predicts that more than 46,000 will be eligible to seek a reduction.  Part of the reason for the delayed effective date is to make sure each inmate is released with a re-entry plan and the opportunity for transitional steps such as halfway houses or home confinement.”

Here for official press release from U.S. Sentencing Commission

Here for Statement by Attorney General Holder on Sentencing Commission Vote Approving Retroactivity of Sentence Reductions for Drug Offenses

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