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Report: Federal judges issuing more sentences below recommended guidelines

from Sentencing Law and Policy Blog

Federal judges are more likely these days to impose sentences below those recommended in advisory guidelines, the U.S. Sentencing Commission says. The rate of penalties within the guideline range has dropped from 70.1 percent in 1995 to 53.9 percent in 2011. Sentences for fraud and child pornography increasingly have diverged from the guidelines, the panel says in a report posted on the Sentencing Law and Policy blog. more

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