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Smarter Sentencing Act Passes Major Hurdle in Congress

By Justin Brown, published on Feb 2, 2014

The Smarter Sentencing Act, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, would take some of the sting out of federal drug sentencing. It would do so in three ways:

First, it would expand eligibility for the drug “safety valve” so that people with some criminal history – up to Guidelines Category II – would still be eligible. Under current law, a defendant must be in Category I to benefit from the “safety valve.” Under the new law, if passed, someone could have a serious conviction on their record and still be eligible. The “safety valve” is critical to many defendants because a) it lowers... (more)

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