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Eastern District of California

Eastern District of California

$13 Billion JPMorgan Settlement


The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California represents the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Eastern District of California is one of the largest judicial districts in the country, both in terms of population and land mass. It has almost eight million residents and encompasses six large urban areas: Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton,Vallejo, and Fairfield. It extends over 87,000 square miles, 45% of which is federal land and includes 34 counties reaching from the Oregon border in the north down to Bakersfield in the south, and from the coastal mountains in the west, to the Nevada border in the east. (Click here for the California County map of the Eastern District.) The attorneys and staff of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California are proud to represent residents of this large and culturally diverse district. It is the mission and the pledge of this office to represent the United States with determination, professionalism, and integrity.


September 2015
Issue No. 65

The U.S. Attorney's Report to the District

Sentencing Reform

Sentencing reform is an issue that has gathered bipartisan momentum in recent years. Our country incarcerates people at a rate much higher than most other industrialized countries.  This should not be surprising, since levels of violent crime are generally higher here.  But sentences for narcotics-related offenses in the United States have traditionally been particularly severe.  As a result, large numbers of young men, particularly men of color, are serving long sentences in state and federal prisons for nonviolent narcotics offenses.  In the federal system, mandatory minimum sentences, which applied to most defendants in drug cases unless they had no criminal history or agreed to cooperate with authorities, led to steady growth in the federal prison population.  The higher costs associated with more prisoners, increasing skepticism that long drug sentences result in measurably greater public safety, and more attention to issues of disparity and fairness, have all contributed to the gathering impetus for reform.  There have been recent legislative reforms, including the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced federal sentences in crack cocaine cases.  Other sentencing reform legislation has been proposed.

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