By: Zachary M. Nielsen
The Sentencing Commission sent a report to Congress on July 28, 2016, recommending several sweeping changes to criminal penalties. The Commission’s study was initiated following concerns that the career offender guidelines in U.S.S.G. § 4B1.1 brought about overly harsh penalties due to its inability to distinguish between career offenders with diverse criminal records. Its examination centered on the recidivism rates among career offenders fitting three categories: drug trafficking only, violent only, and mixed.