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.
Commission Seeks Public Comment on Proposed 2014-2015 Priorities and Applicants for the Practitioners Advisory Group
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:
NEW Chair Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee Over-Criminalization Task Force (July 11, 2014)
Chair Saris spoke at Georgetown University Law Center about the Commission's recommendations to Congress on reducing mandatory minimum penalties and proposed amendments to the drug guidelines.
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).
Notices regarding proposed priorities and vacancies for two advisory groups were published to the Federal Register.
The Commissioners voted on promulgating proposed amendments. View public comment submitted regarding these proposed amendments.
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.
This page features research reports, testimony, hearing transcripts, public comment, surveys, and amicus curiae briefs discussing issues related to United States v. Booker.
This page features research reports, training materials, testimony, hearing transcripts, public comment, and amicus curiae briefs discussing issues related to federal cocaine offenses.