Minutes from March 8, 1995

Minutes of the March 8, 1995,
Telephone Conference of the
United States Sentencing Commission

Richard P. Conaboy commenced the telephone conference at 3:33 p.m. in the Commissioners' conference room. Chairman Richard P. Conaboy, Vice Chairman Michael S. Gelacak, as well as Commissioners Wayne A. Budd, Julie E. Carnes, Michael Goldsmith, and Deanell R. Tacha participated via telephone. Landya McCasserty, representing Vice Chairman A. David Mazzone, and Mary Frances Harkenrider, representing Ex Officio Commissioner Jo Ann Harris, participated via telephone. Staff Director Phyllis J. Newton, Deputy Staff Director Paul K. Martin, General Counsel John R. Steer, and Paul Hofer, Special Projects Director, participated at the Commission.

The purpose of the telephone conference was to address publication in the Federal Register of proposed amendments addressing possible factors relating to the sentencing of crack offenses that are not currently within the scope of the pending notice/request for comments.

4B1.1 Career Offender

This amendment inserts additional background commentary explaining the Commission's rationale and authority for 4B1.1 (Career Offender).

The Commission agreed to publish for comment the amendment in the Federal Register.

Crack Report Implementation Amendments

The Commission agreed to publish in the Federal Register, with a 30-day comment period, issues for comment generally regarding (1) the appropriateness of adding specific offense characteristics to 2D1.1 to enhance sentences for violence and other harms associated with some crack and powder cocaine offenses as well as some other drug offenses; (2) whether and how to amend 2D1.1 for offenses involving the simple possession of crack cocaine; and (3) whether current sentencing enhancements for drug offenses involving underage or pregnant individuals should be made applicable to all drug defendants whose relevant conduct involved juveniles or pregnant individuals.

Chairman Conaboy adjourned the telephone conference at 4:14 p.m.

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