Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Too Blunt An Instrument?

Law360, New York (June 7, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT) -- Since their promulgation, the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines have a been particularly significant point of controversy between prosecutors, defendants and the judiciary. In fact, since their enactment, more than 1 million federal criminal defendants have been sentenced under the sentencing guidelines.

The sentencing guidelines are often criticized as being too severe, and greater than necessary to satisfy the traditional sentencing goals of specific and general deterrence — or even retribution. This criticism is particularly prevalent in the white collar arena, where exorbitant penalties are recommended...
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