On July 18, 2014, the Commission voted unanimously to apply a reduction in the sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug trafficking offenders retroactively. Unless Congress disapproves the amendment, beginning November 1, 2014, eligible offenders can ask courts to reduce their sentences. Offenders whose requests are granted by the courts can be released no earlier than November 1, 2015.
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Quick Facts publications give readers basic facts about a single area of federal crime in an easy-to-read, two-page format. The Commission releases new Quick Facts periodically. Below are some of the previously highlighted areas of federal crime:
Chair Saris spoke at Georgetown University Law Center about drug sentencing reform.
The Commission is pleased to announce that the Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be held in Philadelphia, PA on September 17-19, 2014.
Visit the Online Learning Center for videos and instructional materials on the federal sentencing guidelines.
These primers present federal case law addressing various offenses and guidelines (updated annually).
The Commission received approximately 65,000 letters on the issue of retroactivity during the period of public comment, including letters from members of Congress, judges, advocacy organizations, and individuals.
The Commissioners voted on promulgating proposed amendments. View public comment submitted regarding these proposed amendments.
This page features press releases, testimony, hearing transcripts, public comment, research reports, and amicus curiae briefs discussing issues related to the 2014 drug guidelines amendment and retroactivity.
NEW Retroactivity Information Line
For information regarding the retroactive amendment reducing sentences for drug offenders, contact: (202) 502-4568.
The telephone number for the USSC HelpLine is (202) 502-4545. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday.