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January 3, 2011

Start your year by writing a commentary for the Federal Sentencing Reporter

Cover Wearing my hat as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, I am happy to reproduce a solicitation from the journal below (and I am eager to encourage regular readers to put together their views on federal sentencing ASAP):

Seeking Commentaries for Federal Sentencing Reporter Special Issue to provide “Advice for the U.S. Sentencing Commissioners”

Just before adjourning for the holidays, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee for chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris from the District of Massachusetts.  Judge Saris is new to the Commission, and she joins a Commission on which now two-thirds of the members began their service after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Booker transformed the guidelines from mandates to advice.  To welcome the new Chair, the editors of the Federal Sentencing Reporter have decided to create a special Forum Issue to invite judges, lawyers and other sentencing practitioners, legal academics and sentencing researchers, to share “Advice for the U.S. Sentencing Commissioners.”

With the Justice Department recently expressing concern that “federal sentencing practice is fragmenting into ... dichotomous regimes” with some judges regularly following, and some judges regularly disregarding, the guidelines — and with Congress recently reworking drug sentencing through the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act — the new Chair and her fellow Commissioners surely have a sense of the challenges that lie ahead.  We hope that contributors to this special issue of FSR can help provide the Commission with many ideas and proposals for how the Commissioners should tackle these challenges and can best approach their responsibilities.

FSR seeks to publish short commentaries — ranging in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages — on federal sentencing topics in a form that provides “Advice for the U.S. Sentencing Commissioners.”  Commentaries could tackle big structural issues (such as how the Commission might return to its long-dormant guideline simplification project), smaller technical issues (such as how to revise loss calculation rules in the fraud guideline), or any other topic of interest or concern to modern federal sentencing policy and practice.

FSR hopes to publish in its April 2011 issue all proper commentaries submitted by January 18, 2011, and later submissions will be considered as space permits.  Submissions should be sent electronically to sentencinglaw @ gmail.com with a clear indication of the author and the author’s professional affiliation.  All judges, lawyers and other sentencing practitioners, legal academics and sentencing researchers, and any others with an informed interest in federal sentencing law and practice are encouraged to submit a commentary.

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I am a early childhood educator in Champaign,Illinois. I have formed my opinion due to the fact that my family is currently feeling the effects of having a love one (my husband) go through the hurry up and wait process of the federal system to tell us if he will ever come home again.
We all must pay for the crimes we commit. As I've been reading and studying trying to learn as much as i can and make some sense of this situation over the last year it doesnt matter how great or small your drug offense is it appears as though the federal system will try everything in their power to take your life away.Is the Fair Sentencing Act really fair that really is the question. They leave you with the option of nothing but selling your soul to try and make it back home, which after that they are the ones who make the grand total of it's worth,after giving your all they still come to the table with nothing, which they make you sit and wait for an unbearable length of time and then you have to do an unbearable amount of time. I feel like they say "not in my backyard" well now the property lines have finally met. Non-violent low level offenders are being sentenced as though they own the planes and yachts and underground railways that bring the drugs to our/their communities. While the law makers eat dinner with their love ones I now eat alone and wait for a phone call at dinner time from my love one.They have a job to do which is their choice as well as those who commit the crimes that give them a job to do.Thats all understood! Being dealt a bad hand where no longer the race card is the winning card due to disparity and unfair sentencing and laws being passed and not being used for 5years just because, why make a big deal about helping those awaiting sentencing or already incarcerated if you arent going to really help? The darker races are the population thats overcrowding the prisons and not colleges.I am not looking for sympathy I am looking for fairness "Fair Sentencing Act".Born black strike one, Picked over because you are black and may have a felony strike two,versus being black no criminal record still cant find a job strike three.Now at the crossroads feed your family lose your life to the federal system YOUR ARE OUT!!!!!

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