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Advocates Ask For More Flexibility in Fed Sentencing Guidelines

The system needs flexibility when it comes to sentencing. In some instances, the guidelines just don’t make sense. All we can ask for is that the sentence befits the crime.jail

By Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
CHICAGO — Advocates for added flexibility in criminal sentencing took their appeal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which heard testimony here Wednesday and Thursday as part of the agency’s first nationwide series of public hearings since federal sentencing guidelines took effect 22 years ago.

Criminal justice reform proponents have long pushed the federal government to back alternatives to incarceration and more flexible sentencing for drug, child pornography and other convictions.

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