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May 20, 2007

Seeking rulings, filings, commentary on the USSC's new crack work

There are, on average, over 100 crack offense sentencings in federal courts each week.  Thus, the US Sentencing Commission's new crack guidelines (basics here) and new report criticizing the old crack guidelines (basics here) ought to be immediately impacting at least some of the large number of on-going crack sentencing cases (see my commentary here and here).

I have not yet seen a ruling impacted by the USSC's new crack work, but I imagine some lawyers have at least sought continuances in light of the new USSC's data and recommendations.  I'd be grateful if folks would report or send me information about ruling or even lawyer filings that reflect the USSC's latest crack work.

In addition, the next issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter will be discussing and assessing the USSC's latest work in this arena.  Anyone interested in developing a short commentary on crack sentencing topics should try to get me a draft before the end of this month so we can stay on-time for a June publication.

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Professor Berman, Do you have any data to support this point: "There are, on average, over 100 crack offense sentencings in federal courts each week." I don't doubt that it is true, but a citation would be quite helpful for a project I am working on.

Posted by: Harvard 3L | May 20, 2007 4:25:13 PM

The new USSC crack report says that 5,397 crack cocaine offenses were sentenced in FY 2006. (See USSC Report at p. 12). Dividing that number by 52 gets me to more than 100/week, on average.

Posted by: Doug B. | May 20, 2007 6:51:15 PM

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