New Sentencing Reforms Likely To Pass

Senate Bill 2123, currently colloquially called “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015,” finally brings some reasoned reforms to the often too-harsh federal sentencing system. Those reforms include: 1. New “earning time” credits that could reduce your sentence by a full one-third on top of your existing good credit time, meaning a sentence now can be reduced by 45% off the custodial sentence;

2. New “elderly release” provisions that would more than double good time credits for prisoners over the age of 60.

This compliments increasing use of halfway houses and home detention to release prisoners an early 6 months from their sentence.

--By Robert Barnes, Esq., Barnes Law

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