Post Date: April 2, 2014
On April 10, the U.S. Sentencing Commission will vote on the various amendments they are considering sending to Congress this amendment cycle. Included in that group is an amendment we are calling “drugs minus two,” which would lower the drug sentencing guidelines by two levels. Thanks to many of you and your loved ones, the Commission received 21,000 letters in support of that amendment!
We expect the Commission to vote in favor of the drugs minus two amendment. If they do, they will send that amendment (and any others they approve) to Congress on May 1. Congress then has six months to consider whether they want to stop any of the amendments from becoming law. To do so, they need to introduce a bill to kill the amendment and pass it in the Senate and the House and the President has to sign it. We think it is highly unlikely that this will happen and we expect whatever amendments the Commission sends to Congress on May 1 will become law six months later on November 1, 2014.
If the Commission votes to approve drugs minus two and sends it to Congress, then we will start lobbying them like crazy to make it retroactive so it would apply to drug offenders in prison. Stay tuned!