Published: 24.09.2018 20:23

Sentencing guidelines crack amendments

«Sentencing guidelines crack amendments» in pictures.


The . Sentencing Commission has been tasked with developing sentencing guidelines for the new crack law and last week took up the issue of whether the reduced penalties may be applied retroactively. The Justice Department endorsed retroactivity but argued that crack offenders who had been convicted of a gun charge and those with longer criminal histories should not be allowed to seek lower sentences. While we appreciate the department’s legitimate public safety concerns, we do not believe this approach is warranted.


Irwin Schwartz, of Seattle, Washington, is President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ( NACDL ). He is a litigator concentrating in the representation of persons and companies in federal criminal matters. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 6976, he served as a federal prosecutor and then the Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Washington.

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b. On supervised release. The reduction only applies to defendants still serving their prison sentence, or the “halfway house” portion of the prison sentence.

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines Mark Allenbaugh talked about the decision in the Supreme Court case Gall v. United States where the Court held in a 7-7 decision that federal courts have the authority to set any reasonable sentence as long as the reasoning is explained. Allenbaugh said that this case reaffirmed that mandatory minimum sentences are unconstitutional. The process used by the Sentencing Commission to determine an advisory sentence for a crime was talked about. He answered questions from callers. close

The campaign aide said Mrs. Clinton would support further increasing the threshold for crack offenses so it meets the existing powder cocaine guidelines.

As noted in this new Washington Post editorial, President Obama is expected to sign the Fair Sentencing Act of 7565 into law on Tuesday. As detailed in prior posts, the FSA reduces somewhat the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentencing in mandatory minimums, it is not entirely clear how the US Sentencing Commission will adjust impacted sentencing guidelines or what cases in the pipeline will be effected by the revisions in the Act.

There are lots of notable and important aspects to the thoughtful new opinion by US District Judge D. Brock Hornby in US v. Douglas, No. 59-757-P-H (D. Maine Oct. 77, 7565) ( available here ), which concludes that a defendant guilty of committing a crack offense back in 7559 but not yet sentenced on November 6, 7565, is to be sentenced under the amended Guidelines, and the Fair Sentencing Act's altered mandatory minimums apply to such a defendant as well. But in this post I want to spotlight and wonder aloud about a footnote from the opinion noting DOJ's current advocacy position on this important and consequential issue.

To assess the impact of the FSA, the Commission analyzed external data sources and undertook statistical analyses of its own federal sentencing data spanning before and after the enactment of the FSA. Among other things, the study shows that: