u.s. sentencing commission

Using a Bureau of Justice Statistic study finding inmates released from state prisons have a five-year recidivism rate of
When someone commits a heinous criminal act, we always hope the punishment will match the offense. But when it comes to one of the most abhorrent and brutal crimes there is -- animal fighting -- things rarely work out that way.
On January 8, 2016 the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to change what constitutes a "crime of violence" under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Federal judges are required to consider the sentencing guidelines in fashioning sentences for federal crimes.
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is formally backing a proposal being considered by the U.S. Sentencing Commission that
Twenty years ago, the problem was a nationwide crime epidemic. Now, we face a different crisis: a prison epidemic. American prisons are bursting with low-level, non-violent offenders. Each prisoner costs taxpayers an average of $30,000 a year.
Today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed bipartisan sentencing reform legislation that reduces the federal prison population, decreases racial disparities, saves taxpayer money, and reunites nonviolent drug law offenders with their families sooner.
There will be fewer federal prosecutors and FBI agents available to bring charges and investigate federal crimes, and less money to support drug treatment programs, unless the U.S. curbs federal prison spending.
WASHINGTON -- There will be fewer federal prosecutors and FBI agents available to bring charges and investigate federal crimes
Members of Congress who believe offenders should be punished for their conduct and not the color of their skin should take heed.
Our federal prisons are already operating at 140 percent of their capacity. To slow this problem, the report urges Congress to avoid passing new laws that will waste expensive prison space on low-risk offenders.