Sentencing Reform Act

The Sentencing Reform Act, part of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, was a U.S. federal statute intended to increase consistency in United States federal sentencing. It established the United States Sentencing Commission.[1] It also abolished federal parole,[2] except for persons convicted under federal law before 1 November 1987, persons convicted under District of Columbia law, "transfer treaty" inmates, persons who violated military law who are in federal civilian prisons, and persons who are defendants in state cases and who are under the U.S. Marshals Service Witness Protection Program.[3]

The act was passed by large majorities in both houses of Congress.[4]

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  1. ^ "An Overview of the United States Sentencing Commission" (PDF). United States Sentencing Commission. United States Sentencing Commission. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  2. ^ Barry L. Johnson. "Sentencing Reform Act (1984)". eNotes. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  3. ^ "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LACK OF PAROLE FOR FEDERAL PRISONERS " (Archive). Families Against Mandatory Minimums. p. 2/4. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. ^ Stith, Kate; Koh, Steve Y. (1993). "The Politics of Sentencing Reform: The Legislative History of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines". Faculty Scholarship Series. Yale Law School. Retrieved 9 August 2011.