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A Rational Post-Booker Proposal for Reform of Federal Sentencing Enhancements for Prior Convictions


Caleb E. Mason


Brown White & Newhouse LLP

Scott Lesowitz


United States Attorney's Office

April 10, 2011

North Illinois University Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2011

Abstract:     
In this article we propose a solution to one of the more vexing problems in current federal sentencing jurisprudence: applying the sentencing enhancements for one of the most commonly-prosecuted federal crimes – re-entry after deportation, in violation of 8 U.S.C. Section 1326. We argue that the current categorical approach to classifying crimes for purposes of applying the enhancements is unnecessary, creates absurd results, and contravenes the Sentencing Commission’s mandate to promulgate empirically-grounded real-offense guidelines. We urge a systematic classification of state crimes based on empirical surveys of state caselaw and charging practices, and a revised enhancement guideline that recognizes differences in relative severity. We give examples of the kind of surveys that would be required, and set out proposed guidelines revisions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: Booker, sentencing, guidelines, prior convictions, aliens

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Date posted: July 29, 2011  

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Mason, Caleb E. and Lesowitz, Scott, A Rational Post-Booker Proposal for Reform of Federal Sentencing Enhancements for Prior Convictions (April 10, 2011). North Illinois University Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1896705

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Caleb E. Mason (Contact Author)
Brown White & Newhouse LLP ( email )
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Scott Lesowitz
United States Attorney's Office
United States
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