The Booker decision gave judges significantly more discretion to issue sentences that are harsher or more lenient than federal guidelines.
“They give us hope and they take it away.”
The bill already passed the House in May with bipartisan support and has now moved onto the Senate, with some major changes.
As a new sentencing law allows many low-level drug traffickers to be freed from prison, advocates say that efforts to deport the non-citizens among them effectively punishes these convicts twice for the same crime.
Politicians are mulling changes to the law, but many prisoners are worried they'll slip through the cracks.