Sentencing Guidelines

Submitted By martyj
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This analysis is written to focus on the Impact of sentencing guidelines on the Criminal Justice System. These criminal cases are recorded during the fiscal year 2011. During the year, the United States Sentencing Commission received information pertaining to 86,361 federal criminal cases in which the offender was sentenced during this year. Of all these cases, 86,201 involved an individual offender and 160 involved a corporation or “organizational” offender. The brief majority of these cases that were reported to the Commission involved mainly an individual defendant. However, over the last decade, the number of these cases has seemed to have increased every year except one. In the fiscal year of 2011, the increase jumped up to 2.7 percent over some of the number of some of the cases in the fiscal year 2010. These cases involved immigration, drugs, fraud, and firearms which continue to be some of the most common federal criminal cases and still continue to make up the majority of many of the federal felonies and Class A misdemeanors. Over the last decade, these four crime types have tended to be the most common. During the year of 2011, these crimes alone accounted for about 83.0 percent of all of the cases that were reported to the commission. However, the immigration cases have continued to be the fastest growing segment of cases in our federal system. During the year of 2011, a total of 29,717 immigration cases were reported to the commission, which was a