Indicates whether the jurisdiction has or once had an active sentencing commission to review and periodically update the guidelines.
Indicates whether one of the goals of the guidelines is to help manage jail and prison resources.
Indicates whether and to what extent the parties can appeal the sentence on the grounds that it is not consistent with guidelines rules or policies.
Indicates the extent to which parole as the mechanism for determining the timing of release from prison has been abolished or retained.
Indicates whether the guidelines cover felony offenses only or felony and non-felony offenses.
Indicates whether the jurisdiction employs sentencing grids, or whether narrative rules and/or worksheets are used to derive recommended sentences.
Indicates whether the guidelines limit the sentencing judge’s discretion in choosing between consecutive and concurrent prison sentences for multiple current offenses.
Indicates whether and to what extent modifications to the guidelines require legislative approval before taking effect.
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Alabama is the first jurisdiction to implement even partially presumptive Guidelines since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 (2004).
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The U.S. Sentencing Commission has submitted to Congress its report assessing the impact of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which among other things reduced the statutory 100-to-1 drug quantity ratio of crack to powder cocaine.