WASHINGTON, D.C. – CJHD Board member Alan Vinegrad, Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, testified on behalf of CJHD last Thursday, February 23, in support of the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC)’s proposed amendments expanding compassionate release criteria.
In his testimony, Vinegrad expressed that CJHD “enthusiastically supports the Commission’s amendments to 1B1.13” as a “long-awaited, thoughtful, carefully crafted and measured response to Congress’s directive in the Sentencing Reform Act that this Commission delineate the circumstances in which persons in federal custody may be released or have their sentences reduced for extraordinary and compelling reasons.
“Importantly, this amendment is the right thing to do to enable judges to address individual cases of manifest sentencing injustice consistent with the legislative history of the compassionate release statute” and also “correctly protect the discretion of a judge to find that other, unspecified circumstances may … qualify as an extraordinary and compelling reason justifying a sentence reduction or release.”
Hanna Liebman Dershowitz, CJHD’s Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, joined Vinegrad at the Commission’s hearing.
The link to the hearing and agenda can be found here: https://www.ussc.gov/policymaking/meetings-hearings/public-hearing-february-23-24-2023