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Tag Archives: U.S. Sentencing Commission

Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a different category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.

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DOJ backs retroactive reduction of crack sentences

The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Sentencing Commission to revise its guidelines to retroactively apply a 2010 law cutting the disparity between sentences for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses. If adopted, the proposal would allow more than 5,000 inmates imprisoned for crack offenses to seek an earlier release. Earlier this year, the commission amended federal sentencing guidelines covering ...

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