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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Berman on Parole's Abolition in the Federal System

Douglas A. Berman (Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law) has posted Reflecting on Parole's Abolition in the Federal Sentencing System (Federal Probation, Vol. 81, No. 2) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This essay spotlights how the Sentencing Reform Act’s complete elimination of parole in the federal system has exacerbated some of the most problematic aspects of modern federal sentencing. The essay explains how parole could have been, and perhaps should now become, a bulwark against the kind of impersonalized severity that has come to define much of the modern federal sentencing experience. This essay then details how some notable recent federal sentencing developments that have functioned as a kind of "parole light,” and it closes by suggesting that advocates for federal sentencing reform consider recreating a modest, modern form of parole as an efficient and effective means of improving the federal sentencing system.

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