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Federal government moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders
Federal government moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday to slash the sentences of 46,000 inmates serving time for drug offenses, the latest move by federal officials to ease decades-old policies that have clogged the nation's prisons. If the decision is not blocked by Congress, nearly half of federal prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes will be eligible for sentence reductions averaging more than two years. It would take effect Nov. 1, 2015. The commission decided in April to reduce future sentences. Friday's vote extends the same approach retroactively to those already serving time. Atty. Gen Eric H. Holder Jr. originally asked the commission, a group of judges and other lawyers who...

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