Limiting Judicial Sentencing Discretion
On Agreeing to the Amendment
House Roll Call No. 87
108th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 357-58 (see complete tally)
On March 27, 2003 the House passed -- by a vote of 357 to 58 -- an amendment to the Child Abduction Prevention Act (H.R. 1104) that severely limits the judges' discretion, specifically their ability to departure downward, when sentencing some offenders under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. This amendment forces a judge to ignore extenuating circumstance and limits their flexibility when handing down sentences. It also requires DOJ to develop a black list of judges who use downward departures in these types of cases. The ACLU opposed this amendment. (Roll Call Vote No. 87)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 87
Votes For : 357
Votes Against : 58
Voted "Present" : 1
Not Voting : 18