The 1995 Sentencing Guidelines
The 1994 sentencing guidelines were significantly amended
in 1995 through the passage of the Crime Control Act of 1995.
The basic structure and intent of the 1994 sentencing guidelines
remained intact, however point values were increased in a
variety of areas and additional policy levers were created
to provide for greater sanctions. Generally, increases in
point values loosely equal an increase of approximately 1
month of prison sanction for each point increased. The 1995
version of the sentencing guidelines are effective for all
offenses committed on or after October 1, 1995. The significant
changes included the following:
There were slight modifications to the guidelines in 1996, including a provision for increased sanction for crimes committed by street gang members.
The Department of Corrections' Responsibilities
The department was provided a variety of responsibilities regarding the 1994 and subsequent versions of the sentencing guidelines law. Florida Statute 921 requires the department to:
The SAGES (Sentencing Analysis and Guidelines Entry Systems) database
The department developed an automated system in 1994 to be used as a mechanism to:
This report is derived primarily from the information included on sentencing scoresheets received by the department from the clerks of the courts and entered into SAGES with sentence dates in fiscal year 1995-96.
The following should be considered when evaluating this and other information derived from this database: