One Small Step: The Past, Present, and Future of the Federal Sentencing System


The federal sentencing guidelines, which focus on offense based statistical consistency, had a ripple effect that molded the entire federal sentencing system in it’s wake; this article is an individual case study demonstrating the flaws of a consistency based sentencing system, the injustice such a system can create, and why United States v. Booker is only the first step in creating a fair and effective sentencing system.


Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure

Date of this Version

September 2006