| WASHINGTON, July 18
WASHINGTON, July 18 A U.S. judiciary agency
passed an amendment on Friday that will make more than 46,000
drug offenders eligible for early release from federal prison,
unless Congress moves to block it.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on an
amendment to the guidelines consulted by federal judges that
will cut current sentencing terms by an average of 25 months for
Congress has until Nov. 1 to block the amendment. If it does
not, eligible drug offenders will have their sentences commuted
by November 2015.
(Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)