Sentences for possession of child porn may be too high, judges say

, The National Law Journal

Judges testifying before the U.S. Sentencing Commission in Chicago told the panel that sentences for people convicted of possessing child pornography have become too severe. Two judges told the panel on Sept. 9 that sentencing for possession of child pornography, as opposed to manufacture or commercial distribution, may need to be changed. Many people convicted on the offense are not threats to the community, but rather socially awkward first-time offenders, they said. The commission suggested it will review the relevant guidelines.

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