The end of October will herald new beginnings for roughly 6,000 inmates whose sentences have been reduced under changes to federal sentencing guidelines. While it might be tempting to attribute these changes to Obama’s push this last year for prison reform, these policy changes stem from wheels set into motion quite some time ago. Under
The United States Sentencing Commission is responsible for the promulgation and periodic revisions to the United States Sentencing Guidelines used in the federal courts. The Commission has recently submitted a report to Congress, in which it identified thirteen points warranting comment. One of these areas deals with Guidelines provisions used in child pornography sentencing, in response to a growing number of such cases, many the result of expanded federal jurisdiction. There appears to be a growing chorus of legal experts — on both sides of the courtroom — urging reform of the sentencing provisions used in such cases. We at Prison Law Blog concur.
PRISONLAWBLOG.COM’S LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION
U.S. Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle, NE, Suite 2-500
Washington, DC 20002-8002
Attention: Public Affairs Priorities Comment
July 5, 2013
I am writing in reference to your recent list of tentative priorities for Congress to address. I wish to be heard on this matter and to have my comments considered by your organization as part of the public comment period.