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Sentencing Reform: Eliminating Mandatory Minimums, Easing Harsh Sentencing Structures and Building Smart on Crime Solutions One State at a Time

Sentencing Reform: Eliminating Mandatory Minimums, Easing Harsh Sentencing Structures and Building 'Smart on Crime' Solutions -- One State at a Time Mary Price

By Mary Price in June 2004
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NACDL News: Sentencing Reform Legislation Advances in Both House and Senate
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) is moving rapidly in the Senate with its advancement in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 22, 2015, by a 15-5 vote. This bipartisan legislation would reduce certain mandatory minimum sentences, expand opportunities to avoid mandatory minimums, and make the 2010 crack sentencing reductions retroactive, while at the same time create two new mandatory minimum sentences and expand the application of others. The bill also includes provisions relating to re-entry, compassionate release, and juvenile justice. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on October 19th where it heard testimony from nine witnesses, including Deputy Attorney General Yates and representatives from the NAACP, Prison Fellowship Ministries, The Sentencing Project, the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, the Manhattan Institute, and a formally incarcerated individual. The legislation now moves to the Senate floor. Several Judiciary Committee leaders and members introduced a narrower House version (H.R. 3713) on Oct. 8, and it was passed by the House Judiciary Committee by voice vote on Nov. 18.
By Monica Reid in December 2015
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Down the Rabbit Hole: The Federal Sentencing Guidelines Oxycodone to Marijuana Equivalency Calculation Is Arbitrary and Without Reason

Each year judges sentence people to erroneously enhanced sentences for trafficking in oxycodone. This has occurred, Daniel Arshack says, because the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which issued the Sentencing Guidelines on which federal judges rely to calculate sentences, made an error in calculating the appropriate guideline sentencing range for trafficking in pure oxycodone. Members of Congress addressed the sentencing disparity between offenses for crack and powder cocaine in 2010. Now they need to address the problem surrounding oxycodone. Arshack says Congress should correct the sentencing ranges for Oxycodone in order to reflect its potency in relation to other drugs such as heroin.

By Daniel N. Arshack in August 2015
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NACDL News: NACDL Amicus Brief: Congress Violated the Equal Protection Clause and Exacerbated Racial Disparity in Reaffirming the Sentencing Disparity for Powder to Crack Cocaine

In an amicus curiae brief filed on Dec. 18, 2014, in Davis v. United States Sentencing Commission, an appeal of a dismissal of a petition for writ of mandamus now pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, NACDL forcefully and methodically demonstrates that Congress’s 1995 reaffirmation of the 100:1 federal sentencing ratio for powder to crack cocaine violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

By Ivan Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in March 2015
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NACDL News: Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses Criminal Defense Bar on Sentencing Reform
On Aug. 1, at NACDL’s 57th Annual Meeting, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. delivered important remarks concerning criminal justice reform and the important role played by the criminal defense bar in ensuring the promise of a fairer and more humane criminal justice system.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in July/August 2014
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NACDL News: U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Cut Federal Prison Terms for Drug Offenses
On July 18, the U.S. Sentencing Commission took a significant step, long urged by NACDL and numerous allied organizations in the criminal justice community, to cut federal prison terms for drug offenses.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in July/August 2014
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Using Moving Pictures To Build the Bridge of Empathy at Sentencing
Defenders must employ the most powerful ways to make judges understand their clients and the mitigating circumstances behind the clients' conduct. One of the most effective ways to meet this challenge is through the use of visual storytelling, specifically, the production of short documentary video presentations about the client. Doug Passon discusses the three essential ingredients of any successful sentencing documentary: a solid story, connective characters, and emotionally evocative images.
By Doug Passon in June 2014
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Sentencing: Thinking Like a Judge, Arguing as an Advocate
To assist a judge in reaching a certain sentence, defense counsel must be able to demonstrate, in language and with evidence that resonates with the judge, why the proposed sentence is a just sentence. Lisa Hay examines the steps in developing the facts and theory to support a just sentence. She also addresses some of the mechanics of achieving this just sentence: the allies to enlist, the materials of use, and the individuals who should participate at sentencing.
By Lisa Hay in June 2014
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NACDL News: U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Reduce Drug Trafficking Sentences
The U.S. Sentencing Commission on April 10 took another step toward making federal drug sentences more reasonable. The agency approved an amendment that would reduce the guidelines level for most drug offenses by two levels, amounting to an 11-month sentence reduction, on average. Unless Congress rejects the “drugs-minus-2” amendment, which was approved as part of a larger package of amendments, the change would go into effect Nov. 1, 2014.
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer in May 2013
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A Report on Behalf of the American Bar Association Task Force on the Reform Of Federal Sentencing For Economic Crimes

In April 2013, the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association assembled a task force to study and evaluate the reforms needed in the sentencing of federal economic crimes. The mission of the task force was not only to identify the areas of weakness in the existing Federal Sentencing Guidelines, but also to draft and propose a better guideline to remedy those weaknesses.

By James E. Felman in November 2013
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