Spotlight

NEW Commission Authorizes Delayed Retroactive Sentence Reductions for Drug Offenders

On July 18, 2014, 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.

 

Commission Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Priorities

 

Commission Seeks Applicants for Practitioners Advisory Group

Research and Publications

NEW Second Quarter FY 2014 Quarterly Sentencing Update (July 22, 2014)

 

NEW July 2014 Crack Retroactivity Data Report

 

Recidivism Analysis: Crack Cocaine Offenders Receiving Retroactive Sentence Reductions

 

FY 2013 Guideline Application Frequencies

 

Quick Facts Publications

Quick Facts publications give readers basic facts about a single area of federal crime in an easy-to-read, two-page format. The Commission releases new Quick Facts periodically. Below are some of the previously highlighted areas of federal crime:


Training

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.

 

Online Learning Center

Visit the Online Learning Center for videos and instructional materials on the federal sentencing guidelines.

 

Supreme Court Case Law and Guideline Application Decisions by Circuit (January 2014)

 

Primers (June 2013)

These primers present federal case law addressing various offenses and guidelines (updated annually).

 

 

Amendment Process

Public Comment on Retroactivity

The Commission received approximately 65,000 letters on the issue of retroactivity during the period of public comment, including letters from members of Congress, judges, advocacy organizations, and individuals.

 

Video: Public Hearing on Retroactivity (June 10, 2014)

The Commissioners heard testimony from invited witnesses on whether the amendment to the drug quantity table sent to Congress in April should be applied retroactively. View the agenda and transcript.

 

"Reader-Friendly" Version of Final Amendments (Effective November 1, 2014)

 

Video: Public Meeting (April 10, 2014)

The Commissioners voted on promulgating proposed amendments. View public comment submitted regarding these proposed amendments.

 

Resources

NEW Materials on 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendment

This page features press releases, testimony, hearing transcripts, public comment, research reports, and amicus curiae briefs discussing issues related to the 2014 drug guidelines amendment and retroactivity.

 

NEW Frequently Asked Questions: 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendment

 

NEW Retroactivity Information Line

For information regarding the retroactive amendment reducing sentences for drug offenders, contact: (202) 502-4568.

 

USSC HelpLine

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