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Sentencing in Chaos: How Statistics Can Harmonize the “Discordant Symphony”

In Sentencing in Chaos: How Statistics Can Harmonize the “Discordant Symphony,” Mark Allenbaugh, a former staffer with the U.S. Sentencing Commission and a leading expert on the Commission’s sentencing data, argues that sentencing judges should no longer look to the Guidelines’ Sentencing Table as the starting point to consider when imposing a sentence, but rather should consider what the sentencing data say. Only by considering the sentences actually imposed on similarly situated individuals, i.e., those sentenced under the same Guideline with the same total offense level in the same Criminal History Category, can uniformity, proportionality and certainty be achieved.

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About Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco and New York, with 50 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, habeas corpus 2255 motions and international criminal law.

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