U.S. Attorney General Addresses Criminal Sentencing Reform

An accomplished trial lawyer in the Boca Raton office of Kopelowitz Ostrow PA, Fred A. Schwartz focuses on commercial civil matters, civil arbitration, and federal white collar criminal cases. Fred A. Schwartz also maintains memberships in numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

In a recent release, the NACDL publicized statements from U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., regarding new sentencing reform. Holder issued these statements at the 57th Annual Meeting and Seminar of the NACDL and the 13th Annual Conference of the NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network Conference, where he emphasized that the criminal defense bar will play a vital role in supporting a more humane criminal justice system.

Instead of basing sentencing on a defendant’s education and socioeconomic background, the attorney general stated that criminal sentences should be based on the concrete elements of the crime and the defendant’s criminal history. He also announced that the Justice Department is asking the Sentencing Commission to investigate the use of fact-based analysis to determine sentencing and to develop policy recommendations using this analysis.