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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: 2
December 2014

Military Sentencing: Another Federal Sentencing System (Part I)

Excerpted from the Editor’s Notes: In the next two issues of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, a rich collection of articles is presented, exploring the similarities and differences between the military and civilian aspects of federal sentencing.  The well-developed system of military sentencing has been ignored by many civilian lawyers, judges, and scholars, even though it has much to offer its civilian cousin.

Editor's Observations
Different Perspectives on a Different Form of Federal Sentencing 
Dru Brenner-Beck, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and President, National Institute of Military Justice 

Featured Article
Is Military Justice Sentencing on the March? Should it be? And if so, Where should it Head? Court-Martial Sentencing Process, Practice, and Issues
 
James E. Baker, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, the University of Iowa, and Washington University in St. Louis

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

Military Justice Reform: An Overview
Victor Hansen, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, New England Law, Boston

Unique Procedural Aspects of Court-Martial Sentencing by Jury
Robert F. Holland, Colonel, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Retired)

Plea Bargaining in the Military
Jeff A. Bovarnick, Colonel, U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Assessing Guidelines and Disparity in Military Sentencing: Vive la Difference!
Dru Brenner-Beck, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and President, National Institute of Military Justice 

Military Jury Sentencing Theory and Practice
Geoffrey S. Corn, Presidential Research Professor and Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law

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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...
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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...