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The Integral Role of Federal Probation Officers in the Guidelines System

Date: 
September 2017
Volume 81 Number 2
Abstract: 

The author, who is acting chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, discusses the integral role that probation officers have played in the federal guidelines system. He highlights their role in helping create the initial guidelines as well as in implementing the guidelines since 1987, including the process of frequently amending them over the years.