Department of Justice courtesy photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
by Mary C. Piemonte
On April 16, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declared that “the stunning rise in heroin and prescription opiate overdose deaths” is one of the “most urgent and complex challenges facing public safety professionals in this country.”
U.S. Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois, former vice-chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, talking about the agency’s proposed amendment to reduce drug trafficking penalties , during an event at Northwestern Law School in February 2014. Photo by Mary C. Piemonte
Last week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to reduce the sentencing guideline levels “applicable to most federal drug trafficking offenders” charged with all drug type offenses, the group said.
The guidelines under the new amendment would “remain consistent with existing five- and ten-year statutory mandatory minimum drug penalties,” according to the Commission.
Raw footage of Illinois Rep. Dennis M. Reboletti (45th district) talking about prevention and diversion strategies for youth charged with low-level offenses, during “A Symposium on Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform” in the state at the Union League Club of Chicago on March 31, 2014.
Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th) framing the “$2 Billion Question” about whether the state can “improve public safety and spend less on incarceration,” during a “A Symposium on Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform” in the state at the Union League Club of Chicago on March 31, 2014.