Monday, May 25, 2015

Unwarranted Disparity

In 2014, disparity became the rule in Kansas. At least, if one measures disparity by adherence to the sentencing guidelines. In 2014, 37.3% of clients were sentenced within the guideline range. One could certainly argue that Government agreements to a two-level reduction in drug cases in anticipation of Amendment 782 drive the statistic.

One would be wrong. In the first quarter of FY 2015, 36.4% of our clients were sentenced within the guideline range. Amendment 782 was effective on November 1 of last year.
Guideline sentences are the new unwarranted disparity.

-- Kirk

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