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November 2009

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Hearings Mark Quarter Century of Sentencing Reform Act

The U.S. Sentencing Commission held a public hearing in Denver, Colorado, last month, the latest in a series of regional hearings on federal sentencing policy held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.

The hearings are designed to engage experts on federal sentencing practices, the federal sentencing guidelines, and the implementation of the Sentencing Reform Act. Witnesses have included federal circuit and district court judges, representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, defense attorneys, probation officers and members of the academic community and community interest groups.

Hearings are open to the public; the next was scheduled for November 19-20, 2009, in Austin, Texas. The final hearing in the series is scheduled for January 20-21, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona.