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March 14, 2006

Sentencing Commission releases Booker report!

Now appearing on the US Sentencing Commission's Booker webpage is the Commission's long-awaited — at least by me — Booker report.  Available at this link, the report is simply entitled "Report on the Impact of United States v. Booker on Federal Sentencing," and the full pdf runs 277 pages(!).  I will, of course, comment at length as I consume what the USSC has to say about the post-Booker world.

UPDATE: There is so much of interest in the USSC Booker report; I am a bit overwhelmed.  The Commission is to be complimented for producing such a massive and detailed report in anticipation for this week's hearings on federal sentencing (background here and here).  From a quick scan, I do not see any concrete recommendations from the USSC in this Booker report, though perhaps that will come in a subsequent documents or in USSC Chair Ricardo Hinojosa's testimony at the House Judiciary Committee hearing (details here).  Also based on a quick scan, here is a notable sound-bite: "The severity of sentences imposed has not changed substantially across time. The average sentence length after Booker has increased."  USSC Report at p. vii.

I now have to dash off to this event, but I hope to be able to comment on the report more this afternoon.

ANOTHER UPDATEI sequestered myself in a local coffee shop for a couple hours this afternoon to consume the USSC Booker report.  I have three basic reactions, which I hope to elaborate upon in subsequent posts:

  1. This is a fantastic report that is a must-read (or at least must-skim) for all policy-makers and practitioners interested in federal sentencing developments.
  2. The report has a lot of intricate analysis, but relatively few broad assessments, of the post-Booker world.
  3. Though the Justice Department might find bits of data from the report to make a case for a Booker fix, I see the report as reinforcing my own view that the post-Booker world is not badly broken.

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