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March 15, 2006

Constitution Project releases report on sentencing reforms

In a timely move as the Booker fix story heats up (background here and here), the Constitution Project's Sentencing Initiative has officially released the background report produced by its blue-ribbon Committee for its "Principles for the Design and Reform of Sentencing Systems."  This report serves as an elaboration of the ideas and principles for reform of criminal sentencing systems set forth by the Constitution Project's Sentencing Initiative last summer (and first discussed here and here).

This background report can be downloaded at this link.  Here is a snippet from the report's introduction, which provides more information of the Committee's work:

The Committee has approached its work in two phases. First, the Committee studied the history and present situation of American criminal sentencing, with particular emphasis on federal sentencing, and agreed upon a set of principles for the design and reform of sentencing systems.  This Report enumerates these principles and summarizes the thinking that led to their adoption.  The first ten principles are applicable to both state and federal sentencing systems, while the final two focus on the federal structure built around the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  In the second, ongoing, phase of its work, the Committee is attempting to craft recommendations aimed at making the federal sentencing system consistent with the principles.  The Committee anticipates issuing a second report detailing these recommendations.

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