News flash re Sentencing Commission and retroactivity

I just received a message.  Part of the content is very important to federal criminal practitioners.

The United States Sentencing Commission previously approved an amendment to the Drug Quantity Table reducing base offense levels by two. That amendment goes into effect on November 1, 2014, absent action by Congress. This afternoon, by a unanimous vote of 7-0, the United States Sentencing Commission decided that the amendment reducing the offense levels in the Drug Quantity Table by two levels would be applied retroactively. The Commission also determined that the effective date of retroactive application should be delayed for one year. Consequently, inmates granted a custody term reduction pursuant to retroactive application of the guideline amendment can be released no earlier than November 1, 2015.

I have been following this practice, with the agreement of the US Attorney, for quit some time. RGK

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