United States Sentencing 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

    (May 2016) The Commission recently released two new Quick Facts on Federal Mandatory Minimum Penalties and Drug Trafficking Offenses.

  • Research and Data
    2015 District, Circuit & State Statistics

    (April 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 nation...

  • Research and Data
    Retroactivity Data for 2014 Drug Amendment

    (April 2016)  This data report provides information on motions for a reduced sentence pursuant to the retroactive application of the 2014 Drug Amendment (amendment 782). 

  • Research and Data
    Recidivism Among Federal Offenders

    (March 2016)  This is the first release in a series of upcoming recidivism reports on the Commission's multi-year study of more than 25,000 federal offenders followed over an eight-year period. ...

Amendment Process

  • amendments
  • proposed priorities
  • Final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • Video

    May 03, 2016

    Public Data Briefing: 2016 Illegal Reentry Amendment

    On April 28, 2016, the Commission submitted to Congress an amendment to the illegal reentry guideline. This video provides background information and data on this amendment.

  • Amendment

    April 28, 2016

    This compilation contains unofficial text of final amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, which will be submitted to Congress by May 1, 2016 (effective November 1, 2016).


    Download the Reader-Friendly

    Download the Official Text

  • Federal Register Notice

    April 28, 2016

    The Commission delivered to Congress amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines on April 28, 2016 (effective November 1, 2016). This notice sets forth these amendments and the reason for each amendment.


    Download the Notice

  • Press Release

    April 15, 2016

    Commission votes to promulgate amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, including amendments to the immigration, compassionate release, and animal fighting guidelines.

  • Meetings and Hearings

    April 15, 2016

    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission. This meeting will be streamed live.

  • Amendment

    January 21, 2016

    This compilation contains unofficial text of final amendments related to the definition of "crime of violence" in the Career Offender and other federal sentencing guidelines (effective August 1, 2016).

     

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  • Federal Register Notice

    January 21, 2016

    On January 21, 2016, the Commission submitted to Congress an amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines related to the definition of "crimes of violence." This notice sets forth the amendment and the reason for the amendment (effective August 1, 2016).

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  • Press Release

    January 08, 2016

    Commissioners voted at a public meeting to promulgate an amendment to the guideline definition of a "crime of violence." Commissioners also voted to publish additional proposed guideline amendments. Commission seeks comment on revisions to immigration related guidelines, compassionate release, etc. 

  • Public Comment

    July 27, 2015

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Priorities
    (80 FR 36594)

    The Commission received public comment on proposed priorities, including mandatory minimum penalties, crimes of violence, immigration, and recidivism.

  • Federal Register Notice

    June 22, 2015

    The Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2016 (80 FR 36594).

    Deadline: July 27, 2015.


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  • Meetings and Hearings

    August 07, 2015

    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. to vote to finalize priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle. This meeting will be live-streamed.

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 07, 2015

    In June 2015, the Commission published a notice of possible policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2016. After reviewing public comment, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle (80 FR 48957).


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  • Press Release

    August 07, 2015

    Commission proposes changes to existing guideline definitions of a "crime of violence," finalizes other priorities for the 2015-2016 amendment cycle.

  • Federal Register Notice

    March 31, 2016

    This notice sets forth proposed amendments to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Commission invites public comment on these proposed amendments.

    Deadline: June 1, 2016.


    Download the Notice

  • Amendment

    March 31, 2016

    View proposed amendments to the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (81 FR 18695). Written public comment should be received not later than June 1, 2016.


    Download the "Reader-Friendly"

  • Public Comment

    March 21, 2016

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Amendments
    (81 FR 2295)

    The Commission received public comment on proposed amendments related to immigration, animal fighting, compassionate release, and conditions of supervision.

  • Meetings and Hearings

    March 16, 2016

    A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This hearing will be streamed live.


    The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to receive testimony from invited witnesses on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.

  • Federal Register Notice

    January 15, 2016

    This notice sets forth proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, a synopsis of each proposed amendment, and several issues for comment (81 FR 2295).

    Deadline: March 21, 2016.


    Download the Notice.

  • Press Release

    January 08, 2016

    Commissioners voted at a public meeting to promulgate an amendment to the guideline definition of a "crime of violence." Commissioners also voted to publish additional proposed guideline amendments. Commission seeks comment on revisions to immigration related guidelines, compassionate release, etc. 

  • Amendment

    January 08, 2016

    This PDF is a compilation that contains unofficial text of proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. Official text appeared in the Federal Register.


    Download the "Reader-Friendly"

    Download the Official Text

  • Public Comment

    November 25, 2015

    November 2015
    Public Comment Received on Proposed "Crimes of Violence" Amendment

    (80 FR 70294)

  • Federal Register Notice

    November 09, 2015

    Extension of deadline for public comment regarding the proposed amendment to the sentencing guidelines and commentary published on August 17, 2015 (80 FR 49314).


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