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May 27, 2014

US Sentencing Commission releases two significant research reports concerning drug sentencing reform and retroactivity

I just received a notice from the US Sentencing Commission which highlights that the USSC has some new research that can and should help inform the on-going discussion of whether and how the new reduced drug guidelines ought to be made retroactive. Here is the text of this notice I got via e-mail, which includes links to two important new research documents:

As previously noted, the Commission is seeking public comment on the issue of whether to apply its recent amendment to the drug quantity table retroactively.  The Commission will receive public comment on this issue through July 7, 2014.  Public comment can be emailed to  [email protected].  To facilitate public comment on this issue, the Commission is making available the following materials:
In April, Commissioners directed staff to analyze the impact of retroactivity should the Commission vote to authorize retroactive application of the 2014 drug guidelines amendment.
The Commission also released an updated recidivism analysis of crack cocaine offenders who were released early after implementation of a 2007 guidelines amendment which retroactively reduced by two levels the base offense levels assigned by the Drug Quantity Table for crack cocaine.  In this five-year study, these offenders were compared with similarly situated offenders who served their original sentences.

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I got my sentenced reduced to the law of 2010.I was able to go through RDAP in Jesup,Ga.where I learned so much about myself.I think the courts needs to direct more offender through RDAP an they are ran like the one in Jesup,Ga.I don't think locking ppl of up for long periods of times will stop drug selling but getting them help for their addiction will.Federal prison is very over packed lets come up with a way to keep ppl out through more drug class,getting them the help one may need.

Posted by: kenyon rizer | Jul 27, 2014 7:14:04 PM

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