In April of this year the U.S. Sentencing Commission approved a two-level, across-the-board reduction in the drug guidelines known as the Drugs Minus Two Amendment, and on July 18, 2014, the Commission voted to apply the reduced guidelines retroactively. The amendments took effect on November 1, 2014.

Our office is coordinating with the courts, the probation office and the U.S. Attorney’s office in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, to determine which drug defendants are eligible for the reduction in sentence and how best to proceed. If your case is granted the reduction, it will not be effective until November 1, 2015. Sentencing reductions can be processed prior to that time, but will not be effective until November 1, 2015, under the Commission’s ruling. No one will be released prior to November 1, 2015.

In order to make sure your case is reviewed for eligibility, for the reduction, please call 515-309-9639 and slowly and clearly provide your full name with correct spelling, current facility where you are located, and inmate registration number if you know it. If you are calling on behalf of someone else, in addition to that information, please provide your name, address, phone number, and email address if you have one. This will allow us to make sure any potentially eligible individual is added to the list of cases being reviewed, and to follow up with the people who have contacted our office. Please make sure to speak slowly and clearly, and spell out the name of the potentially eligible person so we can make sure we have the correct information.

There are numerous defendants who may qualify for this reduction, so it will take some time to review every case that may be eligible. During this time, please have patience with the process. The names of all inquiring individuals will be put on our list, so that they will not be missed in the review process by the Court. Nothing needs to be filed with the Court to have the case considered for reduction at this time. All cases involving a drug sentence will be reviewed and cross-checked for eligibility for a reduction in sentence under the amended guidelines, and we expect court orders to be issued in all drug cases regarding eligibility for the reduction in sentence. Cases will be reviewed in order of projected new release date. Again, please be patient as the Court conducts this process.