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The Crime Report: 1994 Federal Crime Law Helped Cut 200,000 Sentences: Study

Thursday, January 23, 2020  
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The wide-ranging anticrime law passed by Congress in 1994 generally is known as a “tough on crime” measure because it increased penalties for some federal crimes.

But an often overlooked section of the law known as the “safety valve” allowed sentences to be reduced for nearly 200,000 federal defendants, says a new analysis issued by the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ).

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