June 4

USSC Considering Retroactivity of 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendment

On April 30, 2014, the United States Sentencing Commission submitted to Congress an amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines that would revise the guidelines applicable to drug trafficking offenses by changing the base offense levels in the Drug Quantity Table in section 2D1.1 of the Guidelines Manual. The commission has released a report analyzing the impact of the guideline amendment if made retroactive. It has also released a report of the Recidivism Among Offenders Receiving Retroactive Sentence Reductions: The 2007 Crack Cocaine Amendment.

May 23

Dept. of Justice Policy Requires Video Recording of Custodial Interviews of Suspects

Finally, the F.B.I., the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service will be required to record custodial interviews of suspects by video, and the new policy encourages officials to use electronic recording during their investigations, like witness interviews.

The new recording policy takes effect July 1, 2014.

The Vermont legislature is considering a bill to require electronic recording of custodial interviews of suspects in certain serious crimes, such as sexual assault and homicide. The senate bill was referred to the house judiciary committee on April 23, 2014.

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