TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 14, 2018
President Trump today threw his support behind bipartisan legislation that would loosen some mandatory minimum sentencing laws, The Washington Post reports. The First Step Act, he said, included “reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.” The bill includes language that lowers mandatory minimum sentences for drug felonies, including reducing the “three-strikes” penalty from life behind bars to 25 years. It also would include Senate language that retroactively applies the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduces the disparity in sentencing guidelines between crack and powder cocaine offenses.