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ABA testifies before US Sentencing Commission on retroactivity of 2014 drug amendments

ABA testifies before US Sentencing Commission on retroactivity of 2014 drug amendments

By John Glynn

The American Bar Association expressed its support for the retroactive application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendments during a public hearing on June 10 in Washington, D.C.

“This is an opportunity for the commission to do what it can for those who are already imprisoned,” said James E. Felman, co-chair elect of American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, who testified on behalf of the association.

Felman described the retroactive application of the amendments to the drug guidelines as a “moral imperative.” He also highlighted the issue of too many people in federal prisons, and that many nonviolent drug offenders have been sentenced to prison terms of unnecessary length. 

“The ABA strongly supports retroactive application of the 2014 amendments to the drug guidelines and urges the commission to take this action,” Felman said.

Felman’s testimony on behalf of the ABA can be found here

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