People who are incarcerated for federal drug crimes are facing a new sentencing guidelines as of Nov. 1. The new guidelines, which were passed by a federal judicial panel, call for reduced sentences. This will affect the prison terms for some people who are currently incarcerated, including some from Maryland, but determining who is eligible for an early release might prove daunting.
Public defenders, probation officers and judges will be some of the people who have to work to figure it all out. In Maryland, the first inmates who will be released under the reduced sentencing guidelines won't be released for another year. That, however, isn't stopping officials from getting the preparations underway.