“Last year, acting upon the recommendations in the report prepared by an ad hoc Tribal Issues Advisory Group, the United States Sentencing Commission (Commission) took several actions. First, the Commission announced the formation of a standing Tribal Issues Advisory Group (TIAG). The TIAG’s charter describes the purpose of the group to include providing the Commission with its views on federal sentencing issues relating to American Indian and Alaska Native defendants and victims, and to offenses committed in Indian country; engaging in meaningful consultation and outreach with tribes, tribal governments, and tribal organizations regarding federal sentencing issues that have tribal implications; and disseminating information regarding federal sentencing issues to tribes, tribal government, and tribal organizations..
Second, the Commission has published a proposed amendment to the Sentencing Guidelines. Among other things, the proposed amendment provides guidance to federal courts on whether to consider tribal convictions in sentencing on a federal criminal case. Currently the guidelines do not include any such guidance.
The Commission invites you to consult with the TIAG about the specifics of the proposed amendment. The link provided gives additional background on the Commission, the federal sentencing guidelines, and topics relevant to the sentencing of defendants from the Native American and Alaska native tribes.
The telephonic consultation will occur on September 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. (EDT). To register and receive call-in information, please send an email with your name and Tribal affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Commission will accept written comments until the close of business on October 10, 2017. Written comments can be submitted via email to email@example.com or (if necessary) via regular mail to:
U.S. Sentencing Commission
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs One Columbus Circle, NE
Washington, DC 20002-8002
If you have any questions about the consultation, or if you have trouble with registration or submitting comments, please contact the Commission’s Senior Legislative and Public Affairs Specialist, Sekemia Mwonyonyi, at 202-502-4544 or SMwonyonyi@ussc.gov.
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