CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A change in Florida law for prescription pill drug-trafficking offenses led the Broward State Attorney’s Office on Thursday to recommend reducing prison sentences for 21 people who are serving terms of 15, 25 and 20 years – including a Coral Springs man.
Seeram Boodram, 37, whose address is in Coral Springs, is serving 15 years in state prison, Broward prosecutors said in a news release.
His scheduled release date is Dec. 24, 2022, but prosecutors are recommending that he should be eligible for immediate release.
Prosecutors are preparing and filing paperwork to recommend reduced state prison sentences for Boodram and the 20 other inmates.
It’s part of a review initiated by the Broward State Attorney’s Office after the Florida Legislature reduced the minimum mandatory prison sentences for drug trafficking offenses for oxycodone and hydrocodone. The legislature also increased the weight of pills that triggered trafficking charges.
If accepted by the court, the punishments would be reduced to prison terms that range from three years and nine months to 15 years, depending on the circumstances of the case and any prior criminal history, the news release said.
With credit for the time already served, it is anticipated that most of the affected inmates will be released immediately.
The changes made to the law mean that some people are serving longer periods of incarceration for offenses that would now result in lesser penalties.
“Although these prior sentences remain lawful under the law that existed at the time they were convicted, the legislature has decided to treat new offenders differently. Therefore, we believe that it was an issue of fundamental fairness to initiate a review of these cases and reduce the sentences when appropriate,” said Broward Chief Assistant State Attorney Jeff Marcus in the news release.
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