Proposed Shorter Sentences for Drug Offenders

In an effort to save taxpayers billions of dollars, and to reduce overpopulated prisons, the Obama administration has taken steps to reduce the long jail sentences of nonviolent drug offenders. Prosecutors would omit the amount of drugs involved from those documents of accused nonviolent drug offenders. That way those with no previous significant criminal history (charged with low-level drug offenses) would be categorized in a way that would make them ineligible for any mandatory jail sentence. This effort would remove long prison sentences for those who have been convicted of nonviolent drug offenses, which is considered unjust treatment by those in the administration.

There have been steps taken to see that federal prosecutors nationwide develop different guidelines to determine if a drug case should be classified as a federal case but federal judges may be able to retain the right to use the mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses.

This new proposal would change the criteria for those needing to be released due to medical conditions that are deemed serious, or elderly inmates, only if their crime was of a nonviolent nature and they have already served a majority of their prison sentence. There is no word on how many of those incarcerated would be released under this new proposal.