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June 26, 2007

Interesting USSC data on mandatory minimums

Now available on line at this link from the US Sentencing Commission is the prepared statement of Ricardo Hinojosa, USSC Chair, for today's House hearing on mandatory minimum sentencing.  This statement is full of very interesting data on the application of mandatory minimum sentences during fiscal year 2006.  Here is a sample of the statement's many interesting snippets of data:

Of these 69,627 cases [with complete information from fiscal year 2006], offenders in 20,737 cases (29.8%) were convicted of a statute carrying a mandatory minimum penalty.  Of these 20,737 offenders, 2,716 (13.1%) received a statutory mandatory minimum sentence that was required to be consecutive to any other sentence imposed....

Black offenders are the only racial/ethnic group that comprised a greater percentage of offenders convicted of a statute carrying a mandatory minimum penalty (32.9%) than their percentage in the overall fiscal year 2006 offender population (23.8%)....

Excluding immigration cases, both Hispanic offenders and black offenders comprised a greater percentage of non-immigration offenders convicted of a statute carrying a mandatory minimum penalty than their percentage in the overall fiscal year 2006 offender population.

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