Terrified by Sentencing Guidelines

Many of us are becoming familiar with the sentencing guidelines associated with the college admissions bribery scandal. Prosecutors have said they would ask for punishment at the low end of the guidelines for Felicity Huffman, possibly less than a year. Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.


U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines also require that every single organization entity have an effective notification system to prevent and detect wrongful acts. These include sexual harassment and assault, child sex abuse, defalcation, fraud, discrimination, theft, bribery, safety and security breaches and violations of law, policy and procedures. The guidelines apply to all members of the organization “governing authority, high-level personnel, substantial authority personnel, the organization's employees, and, as appropriate, the organization's agents.” As with the college admissions crimes, the actual penalties depend on the specifics associated with each individual, but they can include imprisonment.


Only about 4% of nonpublic entities are compliant with this U.S. Sentencing Commission Guideline. When we’ve compared effective notification systems to fire alarms, people involved in these incidents tell us they would have preferred a fire, it would have caused less damage. I suspect Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin agree.


If you’re associated with one of the more than 95% of nonpublic entities that does not have an effective notification system, make it a priority to get one. It’s right, it makes good business sense and it’s the law.


And if there are minors and or seniors in your life, make sure that every organization they’re associated with has an effective notification program, to protect them from incidents which may be worse than a fire.


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