Thursday, September 28, 2017
"US Sentencing Commission releases big new report on "Federal Alternative-to-Incarceration Court Programs""
Doug Berman at Sentencing Law & Policy excerpts from the report and links to it. From the excerpt:
The original 1987 Guidelines Manual provided for alternative sentencing options such as probation for certain low-level federal offenders, and the Commission thereafter amended the guidelines on several occasions to increase the availability of alternative sentences as sentencing options. Despite these amendments, the rate of alternative sentences imposed in cases governed by the sentencing guidelines has fallen steadily during the past three decades, including after United States v. Booker, and Gall v. United States, which increased federal judges’ discretion to impose alternative sentences. In recent years, the Commission has prioritized the study of alternatives to incarceration as a sentencing option.