Safety valve (law)

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The safety valve is a provision in the Sentencing Reform Act and the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines that authorizes a sentence below the statutory minimum for certain nonviolent, non-managerial drug offenders with little or no criminal history.[1][2] A Senate version of the FIRST STEP Act was signed into law in December 2018, which expanded the safety valve to include offenders with up to four criminal history points, excluding 1-point offenses, such as minor misdemeanors.[3]


  1. ^ 18 U.S.C. § 3553(f)
  2. ^ U.S.S.G. §5C1.2
  3. ^ Safety Valve