Roundtable - February 7, 2024


Roundtable on Career Offender & the Categorical Approach

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Washington, DC
By Invitation

The Commission has prioritized the continued examination of the career offender guidelines (§§4B1.1, 4B1.2), including the exploration of alternatives to the “categorical approach” to determine whether an offense is a “crime of violence” or a “controlled substance offense.”

While the Commission did not propose 2024 amendments addressing this policy priority, the Commission continued its multiyear examination of the career offender guidelines inviting several experts to the February 2024 roundtable to generate alternatives to the categorical approach in the guidelines and solicit fresh perspectives on what, if anything, can be done to address the critiques of the categorical approach.

This wide-ranging and informative discussion included both circuit and district court judges, representatives from the Department of Justice, the Federal Public Defenders, the Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group, private practitioners, and law professors.

The Commission welcomes further comment and input on the career offender guidelines and the categorical approach. Please feel free to email us at

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