Data are essential for good sentencing policy. It is impossible to act intelligently without knowing what is happening on the ground. This is especially true with drug offenses, which drive a significant portion of prosecutions and sentences every year. Accessible, high-quality drug-conviction and sentencing data enable sentencing commissions and legislatures to act decisively on the basis of reason and not anecdotes. Commissions can play a vital role in understanding the decades-old war on drugs and charting a path for the future. This article provides an overview of the drug data that state sentencing commissions are providing to the public. Each state-specific snapshot offers a brief explanation of the strengths and challenges of that commission’s approach to communicating drug data.
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Research Article| April 01 2021
Overview of State Sentencing Commissions’ Drug Data Reporting Practices
Federal Sentencing Reporter (2021) 33 (4): 252–258.
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Benjamin L. Chanenson; Overview of State Sentencing Commissions’ Drug Data Reporting Practices. Federal Sentencing Reporter 1 April 2021; 33 (4): 252–258. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fsr.2021.33.4.252
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