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The Federal Sentencing Reporter was launched more than two decades ago by legal experts and scholars Daniel J. Freed and Marc L. Miller, in collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice. It is the only academic journal in the United States that focuses on sentencing law, policy, and reform.

Vera and the Federal Sentencing Reporter share an approach to policy change that relies on information, analytical examination, and innovation. Rare among scholarly journals, the Federal Sentencing Reporter focuses—in its authorship and readership—on academics as well as practitioners. In its pages, conversations take place among judges, lawyers, policymakers, and scholars. The publication is an intellectual resource that people in the field turn to for solutions and that academics rely on to propose, learn about, and discuss new ideas. Each issue offers in-depth analysis on a wide range of topics related to sentencing policies and practices. Recent issues have examined California’s Realignment policy, chronicled trends in white collar sentencing, and provided a detailed look at federal drug sentencing law and policy.

The Federal Sentencing Reporter is published five times a year. For each issue, Vera posts on its web site the “Editor’s Observations” (a regular feature that highlights the themes of the issue), a selected article, and the table of contents. Other articles, subscription services, and archives are available through University of California Press

Volume: 27, Number: 3
February 2015

Military Sentencing: Another Federal Sentencing System (Part II)

Excerpted from the Editor’s Notes: In this second consecutive issue devoted to military sentencing, the Federal Sentencing Reporter continues its exploration of this less understood dimension of federal sentencing. Included in this issue is an official report of the military justice system, the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel, an excerpt which is reprinted. 

Featured Article
Is “Mandatory Justice” Right for the Military?
Elizabeth Cameron Hernandez, Major, United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Other articles in this issue
(available through University of California Press)

Awesome, Plenary, and De Novo: Appellate Review of Courts-Martial
Captain Christian L. Reismeier, Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy Chief Judge, Department of the Navy

Sentencing Complexities in National Security Cases
Chris Jenks, Assistant Professor and Criminal Justice Clinic Director, SMU Dedman School of Law

Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Congressional Efforts to Empower Victims Threaten the Integrity of the Military Justice System
Major Troy K. Stabenow, Judge Advocate, United States Army Reserves, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Central Division, Western District of Missouri

After the Gavel Falls: An Introduction to the Department of Defense Clemency and Parole Process
Paula B. McCarron, Chief of the Air Force Clemency, Corrections and Officer Review Division of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency

Reconceptualizing “the Crime” in Veterans Treatment Courts
Kristine A. Huskey, Professor of Practice and Director of the Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

United States v. Shaffer, -F.Supp.2d- (N.D., Iowa 2014)
Hon. Mark W. Bennett, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Iowa

Report of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel
 

03/17/2015
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For more years than we care to remember, politicians had just one choice when it came to criminal justice issues: they had to be “tough on crime.” The “faces” of that tough-on-crime era included both criminals who committed heinous crimes (such as...
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In the most recent issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, leaders of California’s criminal justice system comment on the state’s Realignment policy, which aims to reduce the prison population by transferring certain lower-level inmates to county...
05/24/2013
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I met Rick Kern soon after I started working at Vera in 2008. Rick had a long-standing relationship with Vera, and he served as an associate with Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections for many, many years. Rick was our “go-to guy” on just...
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Scholars, practitioners, and justice advocates have extensively examined the corrosive impact of mass incarceration on families and communities. The inclusion of family impact statements into the justice equation, as reported by Vera, signals a...
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Editor’s note: Rebekah Diller is deputy director of the Justice Program at the NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice. She responds here to “The Unintended Sentence of Criminal Justice Debt,” an article in the October issue of Federal...