• (April 18, 2017) At a public hearing, the Commission received testimony on alternatives to incarceration programs in the federal court system. The Commission also received testimony from experts on synthetic drugs, including their chemical structure, pharmacological effects, trafficking patterns, and community impact. Read Acting Chair Pryor's remarks

  • Please join the Commission and other top experts in the federal sentencing field at one of two National Seminars in 2017. Seminar registration for Baltimore (May 31-June 2) and Denver (September 6-8) are open on a first come, first served basis.  There is no cost to register.

  • (April 5, 2017) These reports compare annual federal sentencing statistics from each judicial district, the districts within each judicial circuit, and the districts within each state to the nation as a whole.

  • (March 21, 2017) The Commission received public comment on issues related to synthetic drugs, including MDMA/Ecstasy, synthetic cannabinoids (such as JWH-018 and AM-2201), and synthetic cathinones (such as Methylone, MDPV, and Mephedrone).

  • (March 13, 2017) The Commission's 2016 Annual Report and 2016 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics are now available online. In FY 2016, the courts reported 67,742 cases to the Commission. This represents a decrease of 3,261 cases from the prior fiscal year. 

  • (March 9, 2017) The Commission published two new reports presenting findings from a multi-year recidivism study of more than 25,000 federal offenders. The reports examine recidivism among federal drug trafficking offenders and the association between an offender's criminal history score under the federal sentencing guidelines and their likelihood of recidivism.

About the Commission

The U.S. Sentencing 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. Learn the basics of federal sentencing.


 

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Alien Smuggling

    (March 31, 2017) In fiscal year 2016, alien smuggling offenses accounted for 12.7% of all federal immigration offenses. In 11.2% of alien smuggling cases, an unaccompanied minor was smuggled.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Illegal Reentry Offenders

    (March 29, 2017) In FY 2016, there were 15,744 offenders convicted of illegal reentry, accounting for 82.6% of all immigration offenders sentenced under the guidelines.

  • Research and Data
    FY 2016 Quarterly Report on Federal Sentencing Data

    (March 27, 2017) This quarterly report contains data on cases in which the offender was sentenced during fiscal year 2016, including offender and offense characteristics.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Securities and Investment Fraud

    (March 10, 2017) The fifth & final release in the fraud Quick Facts series covers securities & investment fraud. The average sentence in these cases decreased by 20 months from FY13 to FY15...

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Mortgage Fraud

    (March 9, 2017) The fourth release in a series of fraud-related Quick Facts covers mortgage fraud. Approx. 40% of these offenders receive a substantial assistance departure. 

2016-2017 Amendment Cycle

  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • final amendments
  • Event

    August 18, 2016

    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission. Video of the event is available.

  • Public Comment

    July 25, 2016

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Priorities
    (81 FR 37241)

    The Commission received public comment on proposed priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle.

  • Event

    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

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 18, 2016

    The Commission has decided to establish a standing Tribal Issues Advisory Group and invites eligible applicants to apply for membership.

    Download the Notice

  • Press Release

    August 18, 2016

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission announces its list of 2016-2017 policy priorities. 

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 18, 2016

    After reviewing public comment, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle.

    Download the Notice

  • Event

    April 18, 2017

    A public hearing was held on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m (ET). This hearing was streamed live. Check back soon for a video recording.


     

    The Commission received testimony on synthetic drugs and alternatives to incarceration court programs.

  • Public Comment

    March 10, 2017

    Reply Comment Received on Proposed Amendments
    (81 FR 92003)

    The Commission received reply comment on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines in response to original comment.

  • Public Comment

    February 20, 2017

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Amendments
    (81 FR 92003)

    The Commission received public comment on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.

  • Video

    January 10, 2017

     

    Commission staff prepared a data presentation to inform public comment on a proposed amendment related to the treatment of youthful offenders under the guidelines. The deadline for public comment is February 20, 2017 with a reply period closing on March 10, 2017.

  • Video

    January 09, 2017

     

    Commission staff prepared a data presentation to inform public comment on a proposed amendment related to first offenders and alternatives to incarceration. The deadline for public comment is February 20, 2017 with a reply period closing on March 10, 2017.

  • Amendments

    December 19, 2016

    These PDFs are compilations that contain preliminary, unofficial text of proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and issues for comment. Official text appeared in the December 19, 2016 edition of the Federal Register (81 FR 92003 and 81 FR 92021).

     

    "Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments

     

     

    Issue for Comment Regarding Synthetic Drugs

  • Federal Register Notice

    December 19, 2016

    The Commission is seeking comment on a policy priority pertaining to MDMA/Ecstasy, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic cathinones.


    Public comment regarding the issue for comment set forth in this notice should be received by the Commission no later than March 10, 2017.


    81 FR 92021

  • Federal Register Notice

    December 19, 2016

    The Commission has proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and has requested public comment.


    Public comment should be received by the Commission not later than February 20, 2017. Written reply comments should be received by the Commission no later than March 10, 2017. 


    81 FR 92003

  • Press Release

    December 09, 2016

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission holds last public meeting of the current commission, proposes 2017 amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. 

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