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June 9, 2010

US Sentencing Commission publishes fascinating new survey of district judges' views on sentencing

Just posted on the website of the US Sentencing Commission is this new document titled "Results of Survey of United States District Judges: January 2010 through March 2010."  As the website explains, the "Sentencing Commission undertook to survey all United States district court judges concerning their views and opinions on a wide range of sentencing policy issues," and this publication presents the results of that survey.  Here are a few snippets from the report about the survey:

The Commission’s 2010 survey asked questions grouped into five broad areas: (1) statutory and structural sentencing issues; (2) sentencing hearings; (3) guideline application issues; (4) departures; and (5) general assessments. Judges were provided an opportunity to offer written comments in addition to or to expand upon their answers to the survey questions....

Abt [the survey administrator] reported to the Commission that, of the 942 judges to whom the survey was sent and who did not ask to be excluded from the survey, 639 responded to Abt.  This represents a 67.8 percent response rate to the survey.  The judges who responded to the survey presided over a significant portion of the cases in which federal offenders were sentenced during fiscal years 2008 and 2009.  During this two-year period, district court judges imposed original sentences on 146,511 individual federal criminal offenders.  Based on an analysis performed by Abt, the 639 judges who responded to the survey sentenced 116,183, or 79 percent, of these offenders.  Of the 50 judges who sentenced the most individual offenders during the two-year period from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2009, the response rate was even higher.  Of the judges in this group, 43 responded to the survey. This represents an 86 percent response rate by these judges. Together, these 43 judges account for 31 percent of all offenders sentenced nationally during that period.

The results are reported in detailed charts which are hard to summarize but are worth careful study by all post-Booker sentencing participants.

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Todays economy has made people do things that they normally wouldnt do..people are desperate to take care of their families.I agree with non violent offenders being given house arrest and actully "paying"for their crime.My fiance is in county jail awaiting sentencing,We had lost the house(that i have had for 23 yrs)the car payment was 2 months pass due ,the electric,ready to be shut off..he looked for work everyday for 6 mon to no avail..backed into a corner,he snapped..walked into a bank ,told the teller he wanted money now,no threats , no weapon...but now looking at 10 years.Thats 10 years that our son and I will suffer and struggle.He seems to be a totally different person in there..he has to be,for his safety.Reabilitation?No..Just survival.

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