U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Deputy Attorney General
|The Deputy Attorney General||
Washington, D.C. 20530
December 16, 2002
|TO:||Kathleen Hawk Sawyer
Federal Bureau of Prisons
|FROM:||Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General
|SUBJECT:||Community Corrections Center Placement of Offenders Sentenced to Terms of Imprisonment Under Federal Sentencing Guidelines|
Under pre-guidelines sentencing practice, courts sentenced to probation an inappropriately high percentage of offenders guilty of certain economic crimes, such as theft, tax evasion, antitrust offenses, insider trading, fraud, and embezzlement, that in the Commission's views are "serious."
The Commission's solution to this problem has been to write guidelines that classify as serious many offenses for which probation previously was frequently given and provide for at least a short period of imprisonment in such cases. The Commission concluded that the definite prospect of prison, even though the term may be short, will serve as a significant deterrent, particularly when compared with pre-guidelines practice where probation, not prison, was the norm.
U.S.S.G. Ch. 1 , Pt. A,
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