Potentially Gentler Sentences For White Collar Criminals

Law360, New York (October 6, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT) -- On Nov. 1, absent congressional intervention, several amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines will go into effect that may positively impact sentencing determinations for individual white collar defendants.

Notably, the guidelines’ sentencing table will be significantly amended for the first time in 18 years, increasing the availability of nonincarceration sentences and partial imprisonment split-sentences for nonviolent defendants, including those convicted of white collar crimes.

The amendments also introduce a change in the prescribed impact on sentencing of certain individual characteristics of defendants, suggesting, in a departure...
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