U.S. “Smarter Sentencing Act” for Non-Violent Low-Level Drug Offenses

by Mary C. Piemonte

U. S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) talking about the bipartisan “Smarter Sentencing Act”  at the “Rethinking the War on Drugs” symposium at Northwestern Law School on Feb. 20, 2014.

The Smarter Sentencing Act “will reduce certain mandatory sentences for nonviolent  low-level drug offenses,  allow federal judges to waive certain mandatory minimum sentences when individual circumstances warranted, and allow certain inmates who were sentenced under the old crack powered sentencing disparity to petition courts and prosecutors for a review of their cases consistent of current law the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act. The Smarter Sentencing Act also “directs the U.S. Attorney General to invest the savings from these sentencing changes and programs.”

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