Supreme Transparency
  • Term
  • 2023-2024

Pulsifer v. U.S.

In Pulsifer v. United States, the Supreme Court will determine who is eligible, through the First Step Act, for exemption from mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. In 2018, Congress amended the federal sentencing statute to make more Americans eligible for less harsh sentences if they satisfy certain criteria, including the nature of their prior offenses and criminal history. In this case, the court is reviewing whether one must meet all of the First Step Act’s listed conditions for one’s sentence to be diminished, or whether one must just meet one of the listed conditions. The case has major implications for Americans facing unfair mandatory minimum sentences and for access to justice.

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Americans for ProsperityRead the amicus brief