Around 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!”