Mandatory Sentencing Leads to Racial Disparities

by Llewelyn Engel In 1984, Congress created the United States Sentencing Commission, which writes sentencing guidelines for all federal crimes. Congress was hoping to correct widespread sentencing disparities that existed between races, genders, localities, and judges. The guidelines were created to ensure that similar defendants who committed similar crimes received similar sentences. The guidelines take into…

Counterbalancing the Effects of Need Aware College Admissions

by Sam Smith In mid-October it was reported by the GW Hatchet that The George Washington University (the author’s alma mater)  “puts hundreds of undergraduate applicants on its waitlist each year because they cannot pay GW’s tuition.” The policy effectively shifts students who are not among the top applicants from “Admitted” to “Waitlisted” if they…