About the Commission

The Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1984 to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.

The Commission collects, analyzes, and distributes a broad array of information on federal sentencing practices, continuously establishing and amending sentencing guidelines for the judicial branch and assisting the other branches in developing effective and efficient crime policy.


  • Research and Data
    2015 Guideline Application Data

    (June 24, 2016)  These data reports provide information on how often courts applied sections of Chapters Two and Three of the Guidelines Manual in fiscal year 2015.

  • Research and Data
    New Quick Facts

    (May 2016) The Commission recently released two new Quick Facts on Federal Mandatory Minimum Penalties and Drug Trafficking Offenses.

  • Research and Data
    2015 District, Circuit & State Statistics

    (April 2016)  This data report examines federal sentencing statistics from each judicial district, circuit, and state. Each report compares the statistics from the respective region to the nation...

  • Research and Data
    Retroactivity Data for 2014 Drug Amendment

    (April 2016)  This data report provides information on motions for a reduced sentence pursuant to the retroactive application of the 2014 Drug Amendment (amendment 782). 

  • Research and Data
    Recidivism Among Federal Offenders

    (March 2016)  This is the first release in a series of upcoming recidivism reports on the Commission's multi-year study of more than 25,000 federal offenders followed over an eight-year period. ...

Amendment Process

  • final amendments
  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • Video

    May 03, 2016

    Public Data Briefing: 2016 Illegal Reentry Amendment

    On April 28, 2016, the Commission submitted to Congress an amendment to the illegal reentry guideline. This video provides background information and data on this amendment.

  • Federal Register Notice

    April 28, 2016

    The Commission delivered to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines on April 28, 2016 (effective November 1, 2016). This notice sets forth these amendments and the reason for each amendment.

    Download the Notice

  • Amendment

    April 28, 2016

    This compilation contains unofficial text of final amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, which will be submitted to Congress by May 1, 2016 (effective November 1, 2016).

    Download the Reader-Friendly

    Download the Official Text

  • Press Release

    April 15, 2016

    Commission votes to promulgate amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, including amendments to the immigration, compassionate release, and animal fighting guidelines.

  • Meetings and Hearings

    April 15, 2016

    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission. This meeting will be streamed live.

  • Meetings and Hearings

    July 21, 2016

    A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This hearing will be streamed live.

    The Commission will receive testimony from members of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group (TIAG) on its final tribal issues report.

  • Federal Register Notice

    June 09, 2016

    The Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2017 (81 FR 37241).

    Deadline: July 25, 2016.

    Download the Notice

  • Public Comment

    June 01, 2016

    June 2016
    Public Comment Received on Proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure

    (81 FR 18695)