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Federal judges are giving out shorter sentences in 30 cities since a key Supreme Court case

January 11, 2019 | Media News

Professor Douglas Berman was quoted in a VICE News article titled, Federal judges are giving out shorter sentences in 30 cities since a key Supreme Court case.

“That’s consistent with what folks at the Sentencing Commission have been saying. If we think that disparity is a problem that needs to be remedied, we need to get the guidelines set in a way that garners more respect and makes judges more inclined to follow them,” he said. “Rather than make the system mandatory and demand that judges follow them, even when they don’t think they’re a good idea, which is what we had before Booker came along.”