Post Date: August 4, 2017
FAMM has weighed in with the U.S. Sentencing Commission as it begins the work of considering amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.
We had a lot to say.
First, we told the Commission that while we support their focus on simplifying the guidelines, we worry that they will use that effort to ask Congress to make the guidelines mandatory. Mandatory guidelines would cover every crime. We told the Commission that its work to uncover the harms caused by mandatory minimums is exhibit number one in the case against mandatory guidelines. In fact, the Commission just released a new mandatory minimum report that we used to support our position.
We didn’t just wag our finger though. We also saw a lot to support in the Commission’s proposed priorities, including work to convince Congress to limit the Career Offender guideline. The Commission issued a Career Offender report last year that included some good recommendations to Congress. For example, the Commission encouraged Congress to pass a bill that would limit Career Offender sentencing to defendants with crimes of violence. But, we also told the Commission it should explore ways to amend the guidelines without new legislation from Congress.
We also told the Commission that we support ongoing work
And, we suggested some other areas the Commission might focus on this year, including
The Commission will post all the public comments on its website shortly. We will keep you posted on developments.