Today marks 30 years of federal sentencing under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The Guidelines were intended to promote uniformity and certainty in sentencing while providing punishment proportional to the offense of conviction. Since then, over 1.7 million people have been sentenced to over 6.5 million YEARS of prison, which is to say nothing of the
On October 30, 2017, the 11th Circuit vacated and remanded a 60-month sentence in United States v. Mathews. In Mathews, the defendant, a VA nurse, altered medical records to cover up his lack of care for a veteran recovering from surgery. The veteran ultimately died as a result. The defendant pleaded guilty. While on pretrial release, the
In this presentation, we review the Manafort indictment, provide an estimated U.S. Sentencing Guidelines calculation, and provide a sentencing analysis based on U.S. Sentencing Commission data.
On Monday, October 23, 2017, distinguished members of the Judiciary, past and present Commissioners, and leading scholars commemorated the original U.S. Sentencing Commission and marked the 30th Anniversary of the Sentencing Guidelines at the Hofstra University Club.
PITTSBURGH -A former Fayette County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months and one day of imprisonment on her conviction of escaping from federal custody following a prior federal felony conviction, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today. United States District
Earlier today, the U.S. Sentencing Commission published an updated report on mandatory minimum penalties for drug offenders. The comprehensive report surveys recent sentencing trends for drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum penalties, as well as the impact such penalties have had on the Bureau of Prisons’ inmate population. Among the key findings was the impact
Below is a link to a presentation by Chief Research Officer Mark H. Allenbaugh. In the in-depth presentation he provides a statistical overview of how the sentencing landscape has changed under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines over the past 30 years. He notes how increased prosecution rates and average sentences have contributed to the explosion in the
On October 19, 2017, in a per curiam decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed a restitution award where the purported victim had received the services contracted for. In so holding, the Fifth Circuit noted that restitution was not punitive in nature. This is in conflict with some circuits that hold restitution is punitive in nature. The
On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed an 18-month sentence imposed on a 71-year-old defendant who was addicted to drugs and had violated the terms of his supervised release. The district court erroneously relied on an uncorroborated statement by the government that drug addicts required 18 months of
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jeremy Schreiner, 33, Durand, Wis., was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Madison for violating the Lacey Act during guided duck hunts on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. According to an indictment filed on April 19, 2017,