Preliminary Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

  U.S. Senate and House Introduce Separate Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015   Committees from both the U.S. Senate and the House have introduced bills that could reform federal sentencing. Below is a brief recap of each piece of legislation.   Senate Bill Reduces the enhanced penalties that apply to repeat drug offenders and eliminates the three-strike mandatory life provision, but allows those enhanced penalties to be applied to offenders with prior convictions for serious violent and serious drug felonies.   Expands the existing safety valve to offenders with more extensive criminal histories but excludes defendants [...]

Overview of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

  What are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines? The federal sentencing guidelines are rules that federal judges are required to consider when sentencing someone who has been convicted of a crime.   These guidelines are written by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent government agency that is part of the judicial branch of the federal government. The commission also advises the other branches of government on criminal policy matters and collects and analyzes crime and sentencing data.   How the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Work The federal sentencing guidelines take into account both the seriousness of the offense and the offender's criminal [...]

By |2015-10-16T00:54:11+00:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Federal Crimes, Sentencing|Tags: , |

U.S. Sentencing Commission 2014 Overview of Federal Criminal Cases

  Sentencing Commission Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014 The Sentencing Commission has published an overview of the 75,998 federal criminal cases in which the offender was sentenced in fiscal year 2014. Among these cases, 75,836 involved an individual offender and 162 involved a corporation/“organizational” offender. In fiscal year 2014:   24,011 drug cases were reported to the Commission, accounting for 31.7 percent of all cases. Most of these cases involved drug trafficking offenses.   There were 22,238 immigration cases, accounting for 29.3 percent of the total federal caseload.   There were 7,925 firearms cases reported to the [...]

By |2015-09-25T16:32:09+00:00September 25th, 2015|Categories: Federal Crimes, Sentencing|Tags: , |
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