The Stanford Criminal Justice Center and Stanford Law Review teamed up last fall to publish a special issue of the journal focused on reforming the federal sentencing guidelines. The subject gained national importance in the wake of the Supreme Court’s monumental United States v. Booker decision last year that declared the guidelines unconstitutional.

Reforming Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The October 2005 issue of the Stanford Law Review, titled “A More Perfect System: Twenty-Five Years of Guidelines Sentencing Reform,” was sent to all members of Congress, federal district and appellate court judges, and state and federal sentencing commissions.


The project was spearheaded by Robert Weisberg ’79, Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr. Professor of Law and director of the Criminal Justice Center, and Marc Miller, professor at Emory Law School. “Some of the nation’s most eminent legal scholars have translated their expertise into a practical and nonpartisan body of knowledge that Congress can use as it faces this challenge of reconceiving a fair and effective federal sentencing system,” said Weisberg.