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April 15, 2011

US Sentencing Commission releases final FY10 federal sentencing data and annual report

Though I am hoping to finally get my golf clubs some work this weekend, I know I also will be giving my printer something to do because the US Sentencing Commission has just posted on its website a bunch of new sentencing data and analysis.  Specifically, here is the e-mail notice I just got via the USSC:

Commission releases FY2010 Annual Report & FY2010 Sourcebook.  In this publication the Commission separately reports, for the first time, data for "Child Pornography" offenses, reflecting the fact that these cases now account for more than 2% of all cases reported to the Commission in fiscal year 2010.

View FY2010 Annual Report & FY2010 Sourcebook

I hope to mine some interesting stories from this new federal sentencing materials in the next few days.  Readers/commentors are welcome and encouraged to help the effort, as there is a lot of "there there" in these new USSC documents.

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I plead for one thing. Truth in plea bargaining. I know the agreement ends the original charge, and the adjudicated charge is the sole legally valid charge.

However, in classifying prisoners, the original charge or indictment should be used.

I invade a girlfriend's home and stab her 50 times because she disrespected me by serving dinner cold. She is too terrified to testify. I am about to be released for lack of evidence. I accept the plea of criminal trespass and its maximum sentence. Now, a judge orders non-violent prisoners be released for prison over-crowding. My crime sounds like I broke in to pee, and ate a sandwich from the fridge, when I am among the most violent people in that prison.

I should be classified in accordance with my original indictment for purposes of future decision about me and about the prison. That includes decisions about the parole department. So, I should be among the last to lose my supervision when the case load has to be trimmed.

I don't know the legality of maintaining the original indictment when a future employer asks about my crime. For example, my adjudicated crime should not be a bar to my working as a nurse's aide. My indictment would preclude the possibility. Which should an employer be told when inquiring about criminal record?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 16, 2011 10:15:49 AM

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