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Comments in Response to the U.S. Sentencing Commission: Proposed 2023 Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

COMMENTS SUMMARY

NCLA generally supports the Commission’s efforts to resolve the existing Circuit split regarding USSG § 4B1.2, as the current version of that Guideline has invited repeated use of Stinson deference in the district courts, to the detriment of the constitutional rights of countless criminal defendants. As discussed below, faithful application of Stinson deference also invites constitutional mischief, depriving defendants of their due process rights and often expanding the amount of time individuals are sentenced beyond the times prescribed by Congress. The amendment to USSG § 4B1.2 is a good first step, but additional work is necessary to alleviate district courts’ reliance on Stinson deference and the harms that reliance incurs.

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AGENCY: USSC

LITIGATION COUNSEL: Kara Rollins

SUBMISSION DATE: March 14, 2023

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March 14, 2023 | Comments in Response to the U.S. Sentencing Commission: Proposed 2023 Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
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