September 2, 2015 Expected Federal Sentencing Reform from Congress

With the countless calls and emails we at National Prison and Sentencing Consultants, NPSC, are receiving, we see that the federal prison rumor mill is in overdrive. Hopefully, this post can clarify what has been going on and what is expected, but finally some real concrete and some good news. The latest bipartisan federal sentencing reform effort suggests that in the next week or so a bipartisan bill is expected to come of out of the Senate Judiciary Committee that (hopefully) will reduce the federal prison population. Please note that the bill is still being written and is not final. However, it is expected that this bill will provide judges with more discretion in sentencing non-violent drug offenders and will allow certain “well behaved” federal inmates to earn additional time off their prison sentences. It may also expand the use of the “safety valve.” However, the bill is not expected to eliminate or reduce mandatory minimums and unfortunately will not increase federal “good time” to 65%. Check back here frequently and we will provide updates as they occur.If you have any questions please feel free to call National Prison and Sentencing Consultants at 615-696-6153 or email us at help@nationalprisonconsultants.com