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Sentencing Guidelines Alerts

Sentencing Guidelines Alerts The Commission has released the 2017 Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines Manual – The 2017 Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines Manual should be used for all pleas or verdicts entered on or after August 7, 2017.

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The next scheduled meeting of the Commission will be February 20, 2018.

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Sentencing Data

The Commission uses the Guidelines Reporting Information Data system to store and monitor felony sentences. The data and charts presented on this page uses the data in this system.

Sentencing Guidelines Manual

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The Guidelines Evaluation Study

Background: The DC Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines were first piloted by the DC Sentencing Commission in 2004, and were fully implemented in 2006. After more than ten years of felony sentencing under the Guidelines, the Commission undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the Guidelines to analyze how effectively the Guidelines are operating and to identify any areas where improvement may be needed.

The Evaluation Report determined that the Guidelines are operating as intended.


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