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April 29, 2005

USSC FY 2003 data now available!

Because I am spent from participating in this terrific Illinois Booker Roundtable, and also because I need to get some rest in order to be an effective participant in this Friday teleseminar with Judge Cassell and Professor Kerr, I sadly won't be able to spend all night mining the US Sentencing Commission's 2003 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics, which just appeared on-line at the USSC's website.  But I am very excited to have a huge data set (from the days when guidelines were mandatory) to keep me busy until we get the next USSC release of post-Booker data.

As the USSC explains here, the 2003 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics presents descriptive figures, tables, and charts, and selected district, circuit, and national sentencing data regarding "cases sentenced both before and after enactment of the PROTECT Act, Pub. L. 108-21. Seven months of the fiscal year were prior to the effective date of the Act (October 1, 2002–April 30, 2003), and five months were after (May 1, 2003–September 30, 2003)."

I hope readers might use the comments to spotlight statistics from the 2003 Sourcebook that seem particularly noteworthy.  I was struck by the fact that over 70,000 cases moved through the system, and I thought the following figures provide a fascinating snapshot of multiple years of basic data:

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The Sentencing Commission just released the 2005 amendments submitted to Congress today to be effective Nov. 1, 2005, unless Congress disapproves. Here's the link: http://www.ussc.gov/2005guid/2005cong.pdf

Posted by: Phillip C. Zane | Apr 29, 2005 11:56:22 AM

wow, these charts are almost overwhelming. does anyone even look at them ?

Posted by: mary | Apr 30, 2005 8:17:38 AM

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