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Friday, 4th November 2011

Report to Congress: Mandatory Minimum Penalties in the Federal Criminal Justice System

Source: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

From the publication announcement:

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, in response to a directive from Congress, has issued a 645-page report on the impact of mandatory minimum penalties in federal sentencing.

The report tracks sentencing information on 83,946 individual offenders in fiscal year 2010, and makes about a dozen recommendations for congressional consideration in light of the Commission’s findings.

The report cites "a spectrum of views among members of the Commission regarding mandatory minimum penalties," and cites its 2010 survey finding that a majority of federal judges believe that mandatory minimum penalties contribute to sentencing disparity.

The Judicial Conference of the United States, the federal judiciary’s policy-making entity, has a long-standing opposition to mandatory sentencing.

+ Link to the report web page for section-by-section access to the report

+ Link to the executive summary (PDF; 79.81 KB)



Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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