Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wherefore Art Thou, Smarter Sentencing Act?

Day after day, lonely Google News searches reveal little of the progress of the Smarter Sentencing Act.  As we have discussed before, passage of the SSA should benefit any client who is not already sentenced, regardless of the offense date.  So when is Congress going to pass the thing, already??!??!

Well, rumblings are growing louder.  The Senate version of the bill now has twenty-two co-sponsors, on an ideological spectrum from Patrick Leahy to Ted Cruz.  The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the "Senate is scheduled to begin consideration [of the SSA] in the next few weeks".  The Senate version of the SSA was placed on the general legislative calendar on March 11.  Reason believes that the bill has "bipartisan backing in the House as well as the Senate".  The ACLU says that the SSA has "some serious bipartisan support" and may be voted on in April.  Even President Bartlet is on board!

So...hang in there.  Any drug sentencing that can be conducted after the SSA lives or dies should be.

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