NEWS RELEASE Commission Votes to Reduce Drug Trafficking Sentences


NEW Chair’s Remarks on Amendment Vote (April 10, 2014)


NEW Unofficial “Reader-Friendly” Version of Promulgated Amendments


NEW Improved Interactive Sourcebook (ISB v2.0)

The ISB, which allows users to examine data by geography or time period, now features a redesigned landing page, enhanced navigation tools, and new trend analyses. Data is also available for resentencings, appeals, and organizational offenders.


Research and Publications

NEW 2013 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics

The Commission's Sourcebook presents tables, figures, and charts on selected district, circuit, and national sentencing data.


NEW Final FY13 Quarterly Sentencing Update (Published April 16, 2014)

This report presents the Commission's entire fiscal year 2013 data organized in the format used in the Commission's quarterly data reports.


NEW April 2014 Crack Retroactivity Data Report


NEW Quick Facts on Alien Smuggling Offenders

The newest release in this publication series presents data on alien smuggling offenders.



NEW 2013 Annual Report


NEW Chair's Speech: A Generational Shift for Drug Sentences

On March 26, 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 federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses.


News Advisory: Chair's Comment on Senate Judiciary Committee Action on Sentencing Reform


Chair's Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee

In late November, Chair Saris sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing the Commission's unanimous support for specific statutory changes that would reduce prison costs and promote fairness in sentencing.



NEW Annual National Seminar

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.


NEW USSC Live! Federal Sentencing Update

This webcast (recorded March 27, 2014) provides an update on recent Commission business.


Online Learning Center

Visit the Commission's new Online Learning Center for videos and instructional materials on the federal sentencing guidelines.


USSC HelpLine

The telephone number for the USSC HelpLine is (202) 502-4545. The hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday.


Amendment Process

NEW Issue for Comment: Retroactive Application of Amendment to Drug Guidelines

The public comment period on this issue has not yet begun because it has not yet been published to the Federal Register. Once it is published, the Commission will accept public comment for 60 days.


NEW VIDEO Public Hearing on March 13, 2014

The Commission held a public hearing in March to consider its proposed amendment to reduce federal drug sentencing guidelines and other proposed amendments. View the agenda, witness statements and transcript.


Public Comment on Proposed Amendments


VAWA Public Hearing Transcript



NEW Updated Supreme Court Case Law and Selected Guideline Application Decisions by Circuit: Through January 2014


Materials Related to United States v. Booker

This page features congressional reports and testimony, written statements and transcripts from Commission hearings, public comment, research and data reports and surveys, and amicus curiae briefs discussing issues related to United States v. Booker.



These documents present federal case law addressing various offenses and guidelines. The primers are updated annually.