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NCIA’s Federal Criminal Sentencing Database Secures Major Reductions in Prison Time

The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, working in tandem with defense attorneys, has used a comprehensive database of federal criminal cases to achieve downward sentencing reductions for defendants. This effort ensures that courts are presented with all relevant information when deciding upon an appropriate and constant sentence.

Baltimore, MD, May 24, 2012 --( NCIA, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, headed by Herbert J. Hoelter, announces that the firm and its senior staff helped secure major downward sentence reductions in recent federal criminal defense cases. Working with the defendants’ attorneys, NCIA provides a comprehensive client-specific data analysis based on the U.S. Sentencing Commission database to the federal judges presiding over the matters. After careful analysis and examination of NCIA’s Federal Statistical Sentencing Analysis (FSSA), defense attorneys secured substantial sentencing reductions and, in one case, a probationary sentence.

Over the past 35 years, NCIA has become nationally known within the legal community as the nation’s top sentencing mitigation and prison consulting firm. As a part of their expertise, NCIA maintains a comprehensive data analysis program which examines, analyzes and reports on the entire U.S. Sentencing Commission database of over 800,000 federal criminal cases.

Under Mr. Hoelter's direction, his team works with federal defendants and their counsel in presenting persuasive and quantifiable arguments using all types of complex datasets, including: statutes of conviction, guidelines imposed, departures, variances, criminal history, specific district and circuit deviations, fines, penalties, restitution and forfeiture, all in an effort to ensure the court has all available information in imposing sentence.

“The use of the sentencing data becomes very powerful when presented in a thoughtful and convincing analysis and that’s what we are here to do,” remarked Mr. Hoelter, “It can be the difference between years in prison, house arrest or just probation.”

Visit the NCIA website at to learn more about Mr. Hoelter and NCIA's services. Law firms may call directly for access to NCIA's proprietary database services.

NCIA is the nation's leader in federal sentencing mitigation and prison consulting.
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