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NCJ Number: 119250 Find in a Library
Title: Federal Sentencing Guidelines (From The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984: Contemporary Federal Criminal Practice, V 1, P 486.1-486.61, 1988, B. James George, Jr. -- See NCJ-119239)
Author(s): B J George Jr
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 61
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall Law and Business
Clifton, NJ 07013
Sale Source: Prentice Hall Law and Business
855 Valley Road
Clifton, NJ 07013
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses in detail the Federal Sentencing Guidelines developed by the United States Sentencing Commission, a body authorized by the Federal Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.
Abstract: The Sentencing Guidelines, which entered into force on November 1, 1987, embrace every aspect of the criminal sentence process: plea agreements, probation and split sentences, multiple count convictions, and regulatory offenses. Constitutional questions relating to the work of the Commission and the guidelines are discussed. By studying sentencing ranges, the Commission was able to develop a sentencing table, which is at the center of its system and is used to determine sentences under the guidelines. Another important aid to judges is a checklist for Federal judges to use in assessing sentences in Federal cases. Offense conduct and adjustments to basic offense levels are discussed in detail, as are a defendant's criminal history and livelihood. Sentencing procedures affecting all cases are also discussed. Additionally, the Commission has developed policies relating to violations of probation and supervised release. 391 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Sentencing guidelines
Index Term(s): Crime Control Act of 1984; Sentencing commissions; Sentencing reform
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