Addicted to Incarceration: A Federal Judge Reveals Shocking Truths About Federal Sentencing and Fleeting Hopes for Reform

40 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2018  

Mark W. Bennett

U.S. District Court (Northern District of Iowa); Independent

Date Written: April 4, 2018

Abstract

A federal district judge who has sentenced more than 4,000 offenders in multiple districts shares his experience and criticisms of current federal sentencing. The article begins with a history of federal sentencing, then focuses on problems related to mandatory minimum sentencing and application of 21 U.S.C. ยง 851 prior conviction enhancements in federal drug cases. The next section exposes the myth of empirical federal sentencing guidelines. The final section offers eight specific suggestions for federal sentencing reform.

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Mark W., Addicted to Incarceration: A Federal Judge Reveals Shocking Truths About Federal Sentencing and Fleeting Hopes for Reform (April 4, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3156250 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3156250

Mark W. Bennett (Contact Author)

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