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April 21, 2005

USSC speaks out against H.R. 1528

Late yesterday I wondered in this post about when we would hear from the US Sentencing Commission concerning the Booker fix and drug sentencing provisions of H.R. 1528 (basics here, commentary here and here and here).  I am very pleased to see that just posted on the USSC's website, and available at this link, is an effective and forceful letter addressed to the House Judiciary Committee regarding H.R. 1528, dated April 19 and signed by all the USSC Commissioners.

This letter from the USSC speaks out against a number of the drug sentencing provision of H.R. 1528, and also assails the Booker fix provisions for its "hasty, piecemeal" response to post-Booker issues.  Among other good insights, the USSC letter suggests it would be wise to have "additional hearings on the specific sentencing provisions of H.R. 1528 and the state of federal sentencing generally" before enacting any legislation in response to Booker.  Kudos to the USSC for getting out in front of this issue.

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I am a person who was faced with minimum mandatory sentencing when a friend was charged with conspiracy to sell cocaine,cocaine base. So I started reading about minimum mandatory sentencing. I wrote a article that was in the local newspaper, and journals. Minimum mandatory sentencing is cruel and unjust punishment to people. In H.R. 1528 it talks about protecting children. That is a insult. When you take parents away from their children for years at a time, how can they guide their children not to make the same mistakes they make. Instead they are looking for love in all the wrong places and end up incarcerated. African American families lost.

Posted by: Toni | Apr 25, 2005 11:49:17 AM

HR bill 1528 is the worst thing I have
ever heard of!!!!!
Is that Senetor completely out of his
everloving mind??(excuse me WHAT mind!!)

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 17, 2005 2:09:24 AM

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