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May 27, 2004

USSC Recidivism Reports

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, as part of its on-going 15-year-study of the operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, has recently released two sizeable reports on recidivism and the calculations of criminal history under the guidelines. Here are the Commission's description and links to these reports:

Measuring Recidivism: The Criminal History Computation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The first release in the Research Series on the Recidivism of Federal Offenders, this report examines in detail the predictive statistical power of the Chapter Four Criminal History guidelines. The study uses pre-conviction and instant offense information for a sample of guideline federal offenders sentenced in fiscal year 1992, matched with their post-sentencing criminal behavior collected from FBI records. Both tabular and statistical models of recidivism outcomes report findings by criminal history category and point groupings, as well as by offender demographics, instant offense characteristics, and recidivating offense types.

Recidivism and the "First Offender"

This second release in the Research Series on the Recidivism of Federal Offenders provides an empirical foundation for the Commission’s study of recidivism rates among federal offenders with little or no criminal history prior to the federal instant offense. Using definitional frameworks established in several earlier Commission staff working group studies on “first offenders,” the data documents recidivism risk for three plausible first offender groupings. The analysis reports that recidivism risk is lowest for those offenders with least experience in the criminal justice system.

May 27, 2004 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

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I'm hoping that you might be able to help me understand the changes to the guidlines for federal cases involving cocaine based offenses. My brother was picked up last month by the US marshalls for supposed 5g of crack. I can get no assistance from the federdal pda, just the run around and no return phone calls. He even advised my brother to just take the plea because his case is a waste of his time because he don't know why the feds picked up this case. I believe this all started because my brother was picked up by our local agency and pretty much beat the case, he got 2 years probation because he was selling to support his habit. Our agency is a little shady, searches are made and trust me when I say not all the drugs seized make it to evidence. I've been on the USSC.gov to investigate the new statues but to no avail. He has a Class 1 felony and that is all on his record. They say that he will have to do atleast 10yrs but I find this hard to believe especially when no one will notify what evidence they have or answer any questions. I would really appreciate your help or if you could head me in the right direction it would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Our agency is a little shady,
searches are made and trust
me when I say not all the
drugs seized make it to evidence.

Posted by: Medicine | Feb 10, 2011 8:12:48 AM

My brother was picked up last month by the US marshalls for supposed 5g of crack.

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