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March 25, 2009

Final FY2008 quarterly sentencing data from US Sentencing Commission

Just posted on the US Sentencing Commission's website is a finalized set of federal sentencing data for fiscal year 2008.  Here is how the USSC describes this latest data doc:

Final FY08 Quarterly Sentencing Update (Published March 24, 2009): An extensive set of tables and charts presenting the final cumulative fiscal year quarterly data on cases sentenced in fiscal year 2008. The report also provides an analysis of sentencing trends over five years for several key sentencing practices.

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In the majority of crimes, the sentences were downgraded, loosing vicious criminals onto the public.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 25, 2009 8:51:54 PM

How is 39% a "majority" of the cases? Did you even look at the document?

Here's the breakdown:
Within GL: 59.4%
Above GL: 1.5%
Govt sponsored below GL: 25.6
Other below: 13.4

Even if you count the government sponsored "downgraded" sentences, they only account for 39% of all sentences. How is this "the majority of crimes"? Further, 13.5% of the government sponsored below GL sentences were for cooperation, which likely resulted in the capturing of -- to use your words -- vicious criminals.

So, I ask you Supremacy Claus, do you even try to become informed and/or think before you write these posts?

Posted by: do you think before you write? | Mar 26, 2009 12:08:12 PM

I don't recall saying in the majority of cases. I recall saying in the majority of crimes, there were downgrades. The government approved downgrades are evidence of the deterrence of the prosecution from demanding longer sentences.

The reversal of the guidelines has yet to fully percolate to the street. You will see 1980's style victimization rates in the next five years. I hope I am wrong, and criminal lover judges restrain themselves. If there is a Scalia Bounce across the nation, and not just locally, as there is now, Scalia should be impeached for his decision, and not for any collateral corruption or other bogus lawyer gotcha.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Mar 26, 2009 4:07:15 PM

You are a gentle and tolerant man. I would not, if I were in your shoes, publish insults unless, perhaps, they were part of extended, thoughtful comments.

Posted by: Sidney Gendin | Mar 26, 2009 11:52:21 PM

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