NEW News Release: Statement on Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Legislation (November 18, 2015)

On November 18, 2015 the House Judiciary Committee approved the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713). The Commission submitted a statement analyzing the bill's potential impact on the federal prison population.


NEW Data Briefing: "Crime of Violence" and Related Issues

In August, the Commission requested comment on a proposed amendment regarding crimes of violence. Commission staff prepared a data briefing to inform public comment on this issue. Comment on this issue will be accepted through November 25, 2015.


Notice: Applications Requested for Victims Advisory Group


Research and Publications

Quick Facts

Quick Facts publications give readers basic facts about a single area of federal crime. Below is the newest release in this publication series presenting data on counterfeiting offenses.


Retroactivity Report on 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendment (October 2015)


FY 2015 Third Quarterly Sentencing Data Report (September 2015)


Report: Illegal Reentry Offenses (April 2015)



National Review Online Publishes Editorial by Commissioner Pryor (November 4, 2015)


News Release: Commission Adds New Legislative and Public Affairs Director (November 2, 2015)


News Release: Commission Analyzes Senate Sentencing Reform Bill (October 21, 2015)

On October 19, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123). The Commission submitted to the Committee a statement for the record. Read the full statement.



NEW News Release: Commission Appoints New Director of the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice (November 23, 2015)


2015 Amendments Online Education Program

This program provides background information and an interactive look at each of the new amendments in the 2015 Guidelines Manual.


Video: The Revised Statement of Reasons Form

This instructional video describes recent revisions to the AO 245B Statement of Reasons form, effective November 1st, 2015.



Federal Sentencing: The Basics


Materials from 2015 Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines


Report to the Congress: Impact of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (August 3, 2015)


Video: Victims’ Rights and Federal Sentencing


USSC HelpLine

The HelpLine assists practitioners in applying the guidelines. Contact: (202) 502-4545. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday.