According to its Rules of Practice and Procedure, the United States Sentencing Commission has once again issued the federally required notice requesting immediate public comment on its proposed sentencing policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015.
Therefore, it is time again to ask you to send a letter to the United States Sentencing Commission to ask them to include changes to non-contact internet child pornography offences as part of the 2015 list of recommendations to the Senate Judiciary Committee. I thank all of you who wrote last year and we welcome anyone new to join our efforts this year.
We urge you to contact the USSC requesting that sentencing guideline recommendations for possession of child pornography offenses continue to remain a priority for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2015. Below is a sample letter you can copy/cut and paste or modify. The deadline is July 29th. We urge you to write/email as soon as possible to have our voices heard.
You can contact them via mail or email:
U.S. Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle, NE, Suite 2-500
Washington, DC, 20002-8002
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
United States Sentencing Commission
Attn: Public Affairs – Priorities Comment
One Columbus Ave, NE
Suite 2 – 500, South Lobby
Washington , DC 20002-8002
Dear Commission Members:
As the Sentencing Commission prepares its 2015 priorities, I am requesting that Commission promote in Congress the commission’s recommendations from its 2012 report regarding nonproduction sentences for Child Internet Pornography offenses. These mandatory minimum sentences with their enhancements are too severe.
Sentences for child pornography crimes in the Federal system have increased drastically over the last fifteen years, due in part to easy access from the internet. Many of these criminals, were themselves molested as children. The statistics I have read indicate that these no contact offenders have very low rates of reoffending. Meanwhile, since becoming aware of this crime, I have noted that many charged at the local/state level serve minimal sentences or none at all, with sexual therapy as a parole requirement.
Although I understand that these offenders have committed criminal acts, I believe that not all “sex offenders” are equally culpable. A person who takes a child’s innocence to abuse him or her and then films the abuse for profit should be sentenced to the maximum under the law, as should the internet service providers who knowingly allow their servers to transmit these images. Viewing these images is offensive, but hardly to the same degree.
I strongly believe that the sentencing for these crimes should be reduced. Tax payer money could be greatly saved by lowering the sentences of “viewers”.