GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences
January 31, 2012, National Public Radio
In 2005, the US Supreme Court moved away from mandatory sentencing guidelines. This change has led to some judges imposing various sentences for the same crime and even within the same state. For example, judges in New York City often have imposed sentences below the guidelines. While judges less than 100 miles further north in New York are still following the guidelines.
Former prosecutor Matt Miner, who also served as a GOP congressional aide and who is now a white collar partner at White & Case, says that's not justice.
"We have a federal system. There should be consistency not just in the same courthouse and on the same floor, or district by district, but across the country, and we're failing in that," Miner says.