Foreword: Structuring Sentencing Discretion: The New Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Ilene H. Nagel
1990 Journal of criminal law & criminology  
PREFACE On October 12, 1984, the most broad reaching reform of federal sentencing in this century became law with the passage of the Sentencing Reform Act.' The purpose of the Act was to attack the tripartite problems of disparity, dishonesty, and for some offenses, excessive leniency, all seemingly made worse by a system of near unfettered judicial discretion. 2 For decades, empirical studies repeatedly showed that similarly situated offenders were sentenced, and did actually serve, widely
more » ... y serve, widely disparate sentences. 3 Furthermore, the disparity found to characterize federal sentencing was thought to sometimes mask, and be * Commissioner, United States Sentencing Commission; Professor of Law, Indiana
doi:10.2307/1143685 fatcat:46z4uej4gvbv3hxol7muhspg5m