NPR logo

High Court Critiques Federal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4281415/4281416" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
High Court Critiques Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Law

High Court Critiques Federal Sentencing Guidelines

High Court Critiques Federal Sentencing Guidelines

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4281415/4281416" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Supreme Court rules that federal sentencing guidelines unconstitutionally allowed a judge to increase a defendant's prison term based on factors that were not established by a jury. At the same time, the court ruled that judges can continue to act based on factors not voted on by the jury, but that appeals courts can decide whether those sentences were reasonable. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.