May 24, 2001
The United States Sentencing Commission will hold a public hearing in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Tuesday, June 19, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United States Courthouse, Courtroom No.1, 515 Ninth Street. The Commission, an independent agency within the judicial branch, is charged with the responsibility for promulgating the sentencing guidelines for courts to use when sentencing those convicted in federal court and for advising Congress on sentencing policy.
The Commission is holding this hearing in response to the March 2000 Report of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, which recommends an assessment of the impact of the United States Sentencing Guidelines on Native Americans. Native Americans in Indian Country may be subject to federal criminal prosecution. Defendants convicted in federal court are sentenced in accordance with federal statutes and the federal sentencing guidelines which, in some cases, may have more serious penalties than similar state laws that apply to crimes committed off reservation land.
The nine tribal chairs from the South Dakota Indian tribes, or their designated representatives, will address the Commission at this hearing. The Commission will also hear from representatives of the law enforcement and legal defense communities, and victim rights advocates. Interested members of the public may attend the hearing and may submit written comments to the Commission on or before June 21, 2001.
Comments should be addressed to:
United States Sentencing Commission
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
Suite 2-500, South Lobby
One Columbus Circle, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-8002
Attn: Michael Courlander, Public Affairs