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Topic - U.S. Sentencing Commission
The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent agency of the judicial branch of the federal government of the United States. It is responsible for articulating the sentencing guidelines for the United States federal courts. The Commission promulgates the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which replaced the prior system of indeterminate sentencing that allowed trial judges to give sentences ranging from probation to the maximum statutory punishment for the offense. - Source: Wikipedia
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday endorsed a plan to shorten prison sentences for certain inmates as part of his pursuit of administrative reforms he says will make the system more fair to minorities and reduce taxpayer costs.
U.S. Assistant Attorneys are infuriated over Attorney General Eric Holder's new sentencing guidelines for drug offenders.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved Thursday an amendment to reduce sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug offenses, a unanimous decision that nonetheless included a sharp rebuke of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to testify before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Thursday and say that yes, the average sentence for drug dealers should be dropped by a year, from 62 months to 51 months.
As many as 12,000 federal prisoners can get their sentences reduced under a new law that brought the penalties for crack cocaine more in line with those for the powdered form of the drug, a government commission decided Thursday.
One in every 20 federal prisoners could be eligible for early release under a potential sentencing change for inmates convicted of crack cocaine offenses that will be voted on Thursday.
Congress changed a quarter-century-old law that has subjected tens of thousands of blacks to long prison terms for crack cocaine convictions while giving far more lenient treatment to those, mainly whites, caught with the powder form of the drug.