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White-collar crime: sentencing guidelines too rigid, prominent judge says

If someone is convicted of a federal offense in St. Louis, the sentence he or she faces is governed by federal sentencing guidelines that apply across the country. These guidelines have had a reputation for years as being extremely unfair in many cases. For years, many federal judges have therefore called upon Congress to overhaul the guidelines.

Study shows disparity in child pornography sentences

It doesn't matter what type of crime it is. Whether it's a sex offense, a robbery or some other crime, sentences are supposed to be fair, in the sense that the punishment fits the crime. Under federal sentencing guidelines, a sentence should therefore be based on the severity of the crime, as well as the number of previous convictions someone may have had.

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