Although President Trump is better known for his "tough on crime" rhetoric, he recently advocated for better services for prisoners once they're released. On a Jan. 11 roundtable with lawmakers and policy wonks, Trump said he wants to "break this vicious cycle" of recidivism that, for many, involves trouble reentering society once their sentences are served.
Under federal law, sentencing for drug offenses and many other crimes is determined by formulas listed in the federal sentencing guidelines. Those guidelines are promulgated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission in cooperation with Congress. Sometimes, Congress and the Commission determine that the sentences for certain offenses have a tendency to be unduly harsh or unjust against a certain demographic.