Introduction to USSC Amendment 821 Part A & B: Zero Point Offender / Status Points Reductions

Amendment 821

Policy Priorities: The Commission discussed and voted on the final policy priorities for the period of 2023-2024. These priorities would guide the Commission’s work in establishing sentencing policies and practices for federal courts. Retroactivity of Parts A and B of the 2023 Criminal History Amendment: A significant decision involved voting on the retroactivity of Parts

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Zero point offender

On August 24, 2023, a divided Commission voted 4-3 to make two new amendments to the Guidelines retroactive.  Assuming no Congressional action to the contrary, these amendments go into effect on November 1, 2023.  The first amendment limits the overall criminal history impact of “status points” (i.e., the additional criminal history points given to defendants for

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Acquitted Conduct Debate

Acquitted Conduct

Tune in to the latest compelling webisode of Set for Sentencing where our co-founder Mark Allenbaugh debates constitutional law professor, Doug Berman on the future of Acquitted Conduct in Federal Sentencing. IN THIS EPISODE: Whether a client should have right to demand that a JURY make the determination as to whether certain sentence enhancements apply;

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Doug Passon Featured in New York Times

SentencingStats’s advisor, Doug Passon is a trailblazer in Sentencing Mitigation Videos. New York Times Columnist Karen Zraick showcases Doug’s work and it’s value in creating empathy. Sentencing Mitigation Videos are now being seen as a tool to help marginalized defendants. Our CEO Mark Allenbaugh is also quoted. Read the full article here.

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SentencingStats Provides Hunter Biden Analysis for Washington Post Feature

Washington Post

Mark Allenbaugh and provided in-depth sentencing data and analysis to the Washington Post, who utilized the information to compose an incisive story on the Hunter Biden sentencing. In the article, columnist Jason Willick analyzes the potential sentencing outcomes for Biden, who opted to accept an offer from the government of a pretrial diversion, a

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