While I awaited my sentence, the “new law” came into effect. I saw people coming in for similar offenses—smuggling drugs—only they were subject to a different standard than I was. Many of these inmates were unable to understand the legalese so I studied the guidelines to help decipher what they were facing. Not even their defense attorneys fully understood the implications of this new law.
What I found was a nightmare beyond belief.
The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, (it didn’t actually become law until 1987), was instituted to eliminate disparity of sentences from one judge to another. In reality it brought all judges up to the most severe standards in drug offenses.