Commission Seeks Public Comment on Possible Formation of Tribal Issues Advisory Group

News Release: Commission Selects Policy Priorities

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.

News Release: Commission Authorizes Delayed Retroactive Sentence Reductions for Drug Offenders

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.


Annual National Seminar

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.


Primers (August 2014)

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


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



Materials on 2014 Drug Guidelines Amendment

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.


Materials from the Economic Crime Symposium (September 2013)


Retroactivity Information Line

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


USSC HelpLine

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.