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Federal Probation and Supervised Release Violations Report by the United States Sentencing Commission July 2020

[www.ussc.gov – 7/2020]

This report provides information on violations of federal probation and supervised release using data collected by the United States Sentencing Commission. For the first time, the Commission is reporting data collected from documents related to revocation hearings. Combined with data the Commission regularly collects, this report analyzes the characteristics of supervision violations and the outcomes of violation proceedings provided in documents sent to the Commission by the courts.

As part of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, which created the Commission and charged it with establishing the federal sentencing guidelines system, Congress prospectively eliminated federal parole and established different supervision options in federal sentencing. Among other things, the Act made probation a sentence in itself, whereas probation previously functioned as a stay of the imposition or execution of a sentence. In addition, the Act created a new form of post-imprisonment supervision: supervised release. As part of its overall work in response to the Act, the Commission addressed the new supervision options in the federal sentencing guidelines. Specifically, Chapter Five and Chapter Seven of the Guidelines Manual provide guidelines and policy statements for federal courts to address terms and conditions of probation and supervised release and violations of each type of supervision.

Download a PDF of the full report from www.ussc.gov

 

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  1. Eric

    Ok, what am I missing, I’ve been through this entire thing, and very conspicuously missing is a category of sex offenses. Drugs, Firearms, immigration, fraud and administrative make up over 85% of those studied and we aren’t any of those. I imagine we are dispersed between felony categories A,B,and C, but still, why do all others have categories but not the most despicable, horrendous, awful offense of all? I can only surmise that the study proved conclusively that our recidivism rate is so low that it invalidates all the punitive oversight, and therefore the committee decided to obscure it in the study or they could lose funding and perhaps have the entire registry under fire for being wasteful, punitive, and totally unnecessary.

    • Dustin

      I haven’t read it yet, and figured registrant probationers would have been studied and was curious about the results. Was surprised by Eric’s post that it wasn’t.

      I’ll read it later this week. I suspect Eric is right, I would hope Janice would take note and start an effort to get that kind of data and maybe get the thing republished or something. Burying study results regarding SO policy is nothing new. Perhaps more efforts should be made to uncover them. At the very least, hammer them for an explanation of why SO-specific probation was (supposedly) not evaluated.

    • Will Allen

      The recidivism rate is low because Registries work.

      • Eric

        @ Will…so then why would they not have registries for all the categories that have exorbitant re-offense rates like firearms, drug dealing, and immigration violations as listed. If that data is so clear and unequivocal as you seem to believe then what is the logical explanation for not putting such an incredibly effective deterrent in those categories with such atrocious rates? I guess they just haven’t thought of it yet, right? In fact if it works so well, let’s do it for DUI’s, shoplifting, and domestic violence. Heck we would be a crime free society in no time right? No, I think we all–well, most of us–see through the veneer rather easily.

        • Joe

          @Will Allen is being sarcastic, of course. But your question remains unanswered.

          In the name of public safety, why are not all criminals required to register likewise? It being constitutional and not punishment. Are our elected officials not interested in overall public safety if it is so easily accomplished? That would shock me to my core….

        • Will Allen

          You missed the point. The point was that if people write how you did, others will read it and say, “thanks for telling me that SEX Offense Registries work”. A person can never talk about recidivism rates without saying that SORs make them worse.

          It is a fact that SORs could work very well and yet there be no other Registries. So your response is not relevant to that.

          So what are the real world excuses that Registry Supporters/Terrorists have for not having Gun Offender Registries? Or a hundred others? These are some I’ve heard:

          1. SEX offenses are special. That is why we force those people to have therapy also. Because there is something mentally wrong with a person who would look at bad pictures but a person who would shoot someone with a gun is normal, and not dangerous.

          2. They cost too much. If we can afford/have only one, it needs to be the SORs.

          3. We want the rest of the Registries. Politicians won’t create them.

          4. We can only really hate people who have done something wrong SEXUALLY.

        • Will Allen

          @Joe (July 29, 2020):

          Yep, obviously the point of the SEX Offense Registries is not public safety, protecting children, or the rest of their pathetic lies. The point of the SORs is hate and to grow big government’s incarceration industry.

          Remember the original lie that started the war? That the SORs were needed just so people could be “informed”? That lie didn’t last very long, did it? Most people living in America are not capable of being “informed” and pretending like they have a brain. The scumbags just couldn’t leave their shiny new toy alone. So they immediately started piling on as much immoral, idiotic, illegal nonsense on top of their SORs as they could. That made the SORs even more worthless, immoral, illegal, and an act of war.

          It is beyond outrageous that people who have committed very minor crimes decades ago are still listed on the idiotic SORs and yet we have violent, career, lifelong criminals who have committed very dangerous, recent crimes who aren’t Registered at all.

          So there must be war. Everyone living in America has paid consequences because the SORs exist. Everyone has and that will continue.

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