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IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS AT THE SENTENCING COMMISSION

Sentencing Commission Promulgates Guideline Amendments:  On April 9, 2015, the Sentencing Commission voted to promulgate amendments to the sentencing guidelines.  These amendments will be submitted to Congress by May 1, 2015.  Barring congressional action, they will take effect November 1, 2015. 

For an overview of the most relevant changes, see this Summary of 2015 Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines by National Sentencing Resource Counsel.

Read the language of all the proposed amendments in the Commission's Preliminary Version of the Amendments. Practitioners may be able to use favorable amendments now in arguments for variances.

Defender Recommendations to Sentencing Commission:
The Federal Defender community frequently submits written comments to the USSC on a variety of matters, including proposed amendments to the guidelines. These submissions, which may provide ideas for challenging guideline sentences, can be accessed on our Defender Recommendations to Sentencing Commission page.