TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Nov 13, 2014

As many as 179 convicted East Tennessee drug offenders — most of them dealers — will be released from federal prison on Nov. 1, 2015, courtesy of two separate initiatives with the same goals — to free up federal prison beds and to lower what critics contend are draconian penalties for drug offenders. After lowering the penalties for all future federal drug defendants, the U.S. Sentencing Commission earlier this year agreed to grant any criminal convicted in federal court under tougher penalties than currently apply to their crimes who have spent at least a decade behind bars to be set free, except under some limited circumstances. Knoxnews has more.