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November 16, 2005

Another month of Booker stats from the USSC

Continuing what has become a monthly tradition, US Sentencing Commission's Booker webpage now has updated post-Booker sentencing data available at this link.  The latest USSC post-Booker sentencing update includes all cases sentenced by close-of-business on November 1, 2005, and the cumulative data now cover almost 46,500 cases.  From a quick review, the latest numbers continue the basic stories that emerged from the data released over the summer (details here and here, commentary here). 

Though I am always pleased to get data from the USSC, I highlighted in this prior post why I believe the Commission needs ASAP to start adding more flesh to the bare data bones of its periodic reports.  As I explained in this post, cumulative and even circuit-by-circuit within-guideline data provide only a superficial view of post-Booker realities.  District-by-district data and data on the extent of, and justifications for, departures and variances are essential for a true understanding of federal sentencing after Booker.  I am coming to fear that we may have to wait until at least next year to start seeing some of the information highlighted on my Booker data wish list.

November 16, 2005 at 06:02 PM | Permalink


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