Found this Correction by Famm on the Link provided....Fw: Correction: Make your voice heard at the U.S. Sentencing Commission!
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From: "Julie Stewart, FAMM" <famm@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:51 AM
Subject: Correction: Make your voice heard at the U.S. Sentencing Commission!We apologize for the broken link to the U.S. Sentencing Commission list of priorities in our previous email. Click here to view the priorities, or follow the new link below.Dear Flo --
Every year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which writes the federal Sentencing Guidelines, suggests changes to the guidelines. These are known as guideline amendments. The process starts when the Commission publishes a list of priorities -- issues it wants to tackle -- and asks the public for feedback on whether that list is right. The Commission published its 2014 list of priorities on May 30. You have until July 15, 2013, to comment on that list. FAMM always responds to the Commission's priorities, and you should, too. It's important that the Commissioners know the public is paying attention to what they do and that their actions matter to thousands. So, please carefully read the list of priorities linked here, which includes an explanation on how to comment. If one or more of the priorities strikes you as important, please write the Commission, citing the amendment by number.
Julie StewartFAMM supports all but one of the priorities. The priorities that are especially important to us are listed below with a brief explanation. Feel free to write about these and any other amendments that matter to you.
Continue the Commission's work in Congress to reform mandatory minimum penalties and promote reforms it suggested in its 2011 Mandatory Minimum Report. These include, among other things:
- Amendment #1
- Adopting a safety valve, like the one currently used for drug defendants, for low-level, nonviolent offenders convicted of non-drug crimes;
- Expanding the current drug safety valve to apply to people with more criminal history than currently covered;
- Reassessing the severity of two- and three-strikes drug sentences;
- Eliminating "stacking" of multiple gun sentences; ensuring extra sentences for recidivism apply only to defendants with prior gun convictions; and lowering the current 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for second gun offenses.
Possibly amend drug sentencing guidelines "across drug types." This is code for what we call "All drugs minus two" and means the Commission is considering reducing sentencing guidelines for all drugs by two full levels. Long-time FAMM supporters will remember that the Commission lowered the crack cocaine sentence guideline by two full levels in 2007 (and raised them back again in 2010). This is a longstanding FAMM priority that we have urged the Commission to act on. It would shorten drug guideline sentences (but would have no impact on mandatory minimum drug sentences).
- Amendment #2
Study and possibly amend the guidelines covering economic crimes, including examining the "loss" table.
- Amendment #4
Continue studying definitions of "crime of violence," "aggravated felony," "violent felony," and "drug trafficking offense."
- Amendment #5
Continue to study recidivism and what circumstances increase or decrease it and how such information could be used to reduce costs of incarceration.
- Amendment #6
Undertake a study of sentencing related to violations of probation and supervised release.
- Amendment #7
Possibly amend the policy statement guiding judges who are considering compassionate release. FAMM is very interested in expanding the use of compassionate release for prisoners.
- Amendment #8
Review and possibly amend the guidelines for firearm offenses.
- Amendment #9
Promote in Congress the Commission's recommendations from its 2012 report on child pornography sentencing, which found that nonproduction sentences are often severe.FAMM opposes Amendment # 3
- Amendment #12
- We do not want the Commission to promote legislation that will make the federal sentencing guidelines more mandatory by eliminating some of the discretion judges currently have. The Commission's recommendations can be found in its 2012 Booker Report, and our opinion of it can be seen here.
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