A federal judge of the Eastern District of New York named Jack B. Weinstein says that we will no longer send those under supervised release back to jail for smoking marijuana.
The 96-year-old judge wrote “No useful purpose is served through the continuation of supervised release for many defendants whose only illegal conduct is following the now largely socially acceptable habit of marijuana use."
The case the New York judge was ruling on was of a 22-year-old man name Tyran Trotter who was sentenced to two years in prison plus three years of supervised release for trafficking heroin. When the 22-year-old refused to take a drug test, the Probation Department recommended he be sentenced to another four months in prison.
Judge Weistein thought that there was no reason to believe Trotter hadn't made attempts to better himself or continued using marijuana.
When the passing of The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, the federal parole programs were abolished and replaced with supervised release. The 'Supervised Release' programs were added to sentences rather than applied for by prisoners and were aimed at rehabilitating those who had been released from prison. The programs placed an emphasis from a transition back to a normal life and gave power to re-sentence from parole board to judges. Individuals were subjected to mandatory drug tests.
Weistein stated that "continuing to enforce bans on cannabis consumption can trap some defendants, particularly substances abusers, in a cycle where they oscillate between supervised release and prison."
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