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The Slow, Sad Swoon of the Sentencing Suggestions

Engage Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011
By William G. Otis
June 03, 2011

The Guidelines are a lost cause. When they became optional after Booker, the Sentencing Commission lost the central purpose for which Congress established it. Yet each year it spends more money making suggestions district courts now follow only little more than half the time. It’s time for the Commission to go, and for Congress to re-write the Sentencing Reform Act...