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February 24, 2005

Eager for more post-Booker data

As highlighted in recent posts here and here and here (and as I stressed in my USSC testimony), the role and importance of the US Sentencing Commission in collecting and disseminating post-Booker data cannot be overstated.  The data reported in USSC Chair Judge Hinojosa's testimony to the House Subcomittee was potent (and received notable media attention), but it is now already three weeks old.  Though Judge Hinojosa updated the data at last week's USSC hearings, I am wondering when we will get another official and public report on post-Booker sentencing developments from the Commission.

I see from this USSC webpage that the Commission has a public hearing scheduled for April 12, which is (coincidentally?) the exact three-month anniversary of Booker.  I hope we won't all have to wait until then for some more official data.  I have heard rumors about the possibility of a "Booker fix" proposal coming from the Justice Department soon and also about possible Senate hearings.  Both the executive and legislative branches would profit enormously from more updated post-Booker data ASAP from the USSC.

For more evidence on the power and importance of sentencing data, I am pleased to be able to provide for downloading below Professor Marc Miller's latest article promoting "sentencing information systems" to be published in the Columbia Law Review entitled "A Map of Sentencing and a Compass for Judges: Sentencing Information Systems, Transparency and the next Generation of Reform."   As Marc explains in his article, "sentencing reform everywhere can be improved" if actors and institutions "make sentencing information and sentencing data publicly available and easily accessible."

Download miller_data_article_105clr_ssrnfeb1405.pdf

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