On August 14, 2014 at a public meeting, the Commission approved its list of 2014-2015 priorities, including consideration of federal sentences for economic crimes and continued work on addressing concerns with mandatory minimum penalties.
On July 18, 2014 at a public meeting, 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. View the "reader-friendly" version of this amendment.
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 Native American offenders in the federal system:
The Commission's National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be held in Philadelphia, PA on September 17-19, 2014. Registration for this event is now closed.
These primers present federal case law addressing various offenses and guidelines (updated annually). Frequently referenced primers include:
Federal Register Notice of Final Action Regarding Amendment to Policy Statement §1B1.10 (Effective November 1, 2014)
At this meeting, the Commissioners voted on whether to approve retroactive application of the amendment to the drug quantity table. View public comment submitted regarding this issue.
This page features press releases, primers, testimony, hearing transcripts, public comment, research reports, and amicus curiae briefs discussing issues related to the 2014 drug guidelines amendment and retroactivity.
Retroactivity Information Line
For information regarding the retroactive amendment reducing sentences for drug offenders, contact: (202) 502-4568.
The HelpLine assists practitioners in applying the guidelines. The telephone number is (202) 502-4545. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday.