The U.S. Sentencing Commission just issued a “Retroactivity Data Report” regarding sentence reductions under the First Step Act’s resentencing provisions for crack-cocaine offenders, Section 404. Section 404 made retroactive the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which lowered sentences for crack-cocaine offenders.
According to the Commission, through September 2020, 3,705. offenders have been granted sentence reductions under Section 404. The data also includes a break down for what number of offenders were in the highest criminal history category (65%), how many received a firearm enhancement (45%), and the average reduction they received (6 years). The average original sentence was 274 months, and the average reduced sentence is 202 months. The vast majority of motions (87%) for reductions were brought by defendants.
Click here to read the USSC’s report on sentence reductions.