• On July 21, commissioners received testimony from members of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group (TIAG) on its final report addressing federal sentencing issues related to American Indian defendants and victims and to offenses committed in Indian Country. Check back soon for a video recording of the hearing. FULL REPORT

  • As part of its statutory authority and responsibility to analyze sentencing issues, including operation of the federal sentencing guidelines, the Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2017. Deadline: July 25, 2016.

  • Join us September 7-9 for the Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The seminar will offer training on Drug Offenses, Economic Crimes, Immigration Offenses, BOP Issues, Sentencing Research Studies and other federal sentencing topics. Registration for this event is open until filled. Space is limited, so register soon.

  • (June 27, 2016) The Commission received information on 71,184 federal criminal cases in which the offender was sentenced in fiscal year 2015. This publication provides an overview of those cases.

About the Commission

The 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.

 

  • Research and Data
    NEW Quick Facts on Firearms Offenses

    (July 22, 2016) The Commission released two new Quick Facts on Firearms Offenses, including 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) and 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) offenses.

  • Research and Data
    NEW Quick Facts on Native American Offenders

    (July 19, 2016) The Commission released new Quick Facts on Native American Offenders in the federal system. Tribal issues are one of the commission's proposed priorities for the upcoming year. 

  • Research and Data
    Preliminary FY16 Second Quarterly Data Report

    (June 29, 2016)  This data report examines cases in which the offender was sentenced during the first two quarters of fiscal year 2016. 

  • Research and Data
    2015 Guideline Application Data

    (June 24, 2016)  These data reports provide information on how often courts applied sections of Chapters Two and Three of the Guidelines Manual in fiscal year 2015.

  • Research and Data
    2015 District, Circuit & State Statistics

    (April 4, 2016)  This data report examines federal sentencing statistics from each judicial district, circuit, and state. Each report compares the statistics from the respective region to the...

Amendment Process

  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • final amendments
  • Meetings and Hearings

    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

  • Public Comment

    June 01, 2016

    June 2016
    Public Comment Received on Proposed Rules of Practice and Procedure

    (81 FR 18695)