CHAPTER FIVE - DETERMINING THE SENTENCE


PART K - DEPARTURES


2.      OTHER GROUNDS FOR DEPARTURE 


§5K2.22.   Specific Offender Characteristics as Grounds for Downward Departure in Child Crimes and Sexual Offenses (Policy Statement)

In sentencing a defendant convicted of an offense involving a minor victim under section 1201, an offense under section 1591, or an offense under chapter 71, 109A, 110, or 117, of title 18, United States Code:

(1)      Age may be a reason to depart downward only if and to the extent permitted by §5H1.1.

(2)      An extraordinary physical impairment may be a reason to depart downward only if and to the extent permitted by §5H1.4.

(3)      Drug, alcohol, or gambling dependence or abuse is not a reason to depart downward.


Commentary

BackgroundSection 401(b)(2) of Public Law 108–21 directly amended Chapter Five, Part K, to add this policy statement, effective April 30, 2003.

Historical Note:  Effective April 30, 2003 (see Appendix C, amendment 649).  Amended effective November 1, 2004 (see Appendix C, amendment 674).