Press Releases and News Advisories - Archives


April 10, 2014 – Commission votes to reduce drug trafficking sentences.

January 30, 2014 – Chair Saris praises the Senate Judiciary Committee's action to report sentencing reform legislation to the full Senate for consideration.

January 9, 2014 – The Commission votes to publish to the Federal Register proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.


October 7, 2013 – Commission names Kathleen Cooper Grilli new General Counsel.

September 18, 2013 – The Commission submits a statement for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences.”

August 15, 2013 – The Commission adopts is policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle.

June 10, 2013 – News Advisory: Comment of Judge Patti B. Saris on the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Peugh.

June 7, 2013 – Senate confirms three Sentencing Commissioners; Rachel E. Barkow; Judge Charles R. Breyer; and Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. added as members of the United States Sentencing Commission.

April 30, 2013 – The Commission names Kenneth P. Cohen Staff Director, Adds Noah D. Bookbinder as Legislative and Public Affairs Director.

April 10, 2013 – The Commission adopted amendments enhancing sentences for theft of medical products and trade secrets, for trafficking in counterfeit drugs and military parts, and other offenses.

March 5, 2013 – Commission's Staff Director Announces Retirement.

February 27, 2013 – The Commission submitted to Congress its report examining penalties for child pornography offenses and recommendations for revisions.

January 30, 2013 – The Commission submitted to Congress its report assessing the continuing impact of United States v. Booker on the federal sentencing system and reiterating statutory changes to strengthen the guideline system.


April 13, 2012 - Commission promulgates amendments for the 2011-2012 amendment cycle.


October 31, 2011 - Commission submits comprehensive report on mandatory minimum penalties to Congress.

June 30, 2011 - Commission unanimously votes to apply proposed permanent amendment implementing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactively.

April 6, 2011 - Commission promulgates amendments for the 2010-2011 amendment cycle.


December 23, 2010 - On December 22, 2010, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts to be chair of the Commission. The Senate also unanimously confirmed Dabney Friedrich of Maryland for a second term as a member of the Commission.

October 15, 2010 - Commission promulgates emergency, temporary amendment implementing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.

May 18, 2010 - Commission announces hearing on statutory mandatory minimum penalties and the federal sentencing system.

April 19, 2010 - Commission votes to send to Congress guideline amendments providing more alternatives to incarceration, increasing consideration of certain specific offender characteristics during the sentencing process.

February 16, 2010 - Ketanji Brown Jackson to Serve as Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.

January 13, 2010 - U.S. Sentencing Commission Seeks Comment on Alternatives to Incarceration, Specific Offender Characteristics Relevant to Sentencing, and Hate Crimes.


December 16, 2009 - Sentencing Commission Appoints New Victims Advisory Group Chair and Members.

November 13, 2009 - United States Sentencing Commission to Hold Regional Public Hearing at University of Texas at Austin.

October 21, 2009 - Chief Judge William K. Sessions III Confirmed as Chair of United States Sentencing Commission.

May 22, 2009 - United States Sentencing Commission to Hold Public Hearing at Stanford Law School.

February 3, 2009 - United States Sentencing Commission to Hold Public Hearing in Atlanta.

January 13, 2009 - United States Sentencing Commission to Conduct Regional Public Hearings on Federal Sentencing Policy.

January 13, 2009 - Sentencing Commission Ratifies Charter for Practitioners Advisory Group.


July 8, 2008 - Symposium on Alternatives to Incarceration to be held July 14–15.

April 22, 2008 - The United States Sentencing Commission announces the formation of its standing “Victims Advisory Group”.


December 11, 2007 - Commission Votes Unanimously to Apply Amendment Retroactively for Crack Cocaine Offenses; Effective Date for Retroactivity Set for March 3, 2008.

April 27, 2007 - United States Sentencing Commission votes to amend guidelines for Terrorism, Sex Offenses, Intellectual Property Offenses, and Crack Cocaine Offenses.

March 1, 2007 - Senate Confirms Two Sentencing Commissioners: Ms. Beryl A. Howell Reconfirmed and Ms. Dabney Langhorne Friedrich Confirmed.


November 14, 2006 - United States Sentencing Commission To Hold Public Hearing Tuesday On Cocaine and Sentencing Policy.

November 14, 2006 - News Advisory: Public Hearing on Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy.

August 31, 2006 - U.S. Sentencing Commission votes to promulgate emergency guideline amendment regarding intellectual property crimes.

April 11, 2006 - U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes To Amend Guidelines For Terrorism, Firearms, and Steroids.

January 27, 2006 - U.S. Sentencing Commission Seeks Comment on Sentencing Guidelines For Terrorism, Firearms, Steroids, and Immigration Offenses.

January 17, 2006 - United States Sentencing Commission Names Judith Sheon as Staff Director.


January 13, 2005 - U.S. Sentencing Commission Chair Comments on High Court Ruling.

April 15, 2005 - Sentencing Commission Addresses Congressional Concerns On Antitrust and Identity Theft Offenses.

November 1, 2005 - Emergency Guideline Amendments on Obstruction of Justice and Intellectual Property Crimes Take Effect; Aggravated Identity Theft and Antitrust Amendments Also Become Effective.


November 23, 2004 - Sentencing Commission Appointments Announced.

November 23, 2004 - Sentencing Commission Issues 15 Year Study on Federal Sentencing.

August 4, 2004 - Hinojosa Named to Chair U.S. Sentencing Commission.

May 3, 2004 - Commission Tightens Requirements for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs.

April 13, 2004 - Sentencing Commission Toughens Requirements for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs; Agency Also Announces Increased Prison Sentences for Sex Offenses and Offenses Involving Hazardous Materials and Spamming.

March 22, 2004 - Sentencing Commission Targets Corrupt Public Officials; Agency Also Takes Aim at Portable Rockets and Missiles — Commission Also Increases Penalties for Body Armor and Other Offenses.

January 29, 2004 - United States Sentencing Commission Chair Diana E. Murphy Resigns; Transfer of Duties Expected to Go Smoothly.

January 8, 2004 - Minnesota Attorney B. Todd Jones Singled out for Mention in Chief Justice's Report.


October 8, 2003 - Sentencing Commission Acts to Reduce Number of Sentences Below the Guidelines.

October 8, 2003 - Panel on the Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations Issues Final Report.

June 26, 2003 - Hinojosa and Horowitz Named to Sentencing Commission.

April 18, 2003 - Sentencing Commission Toughens Penalties for White Collar Fraudsters; Agency Also Boosts Penalties for Cybercrime and Manslaughter.

March 27, 2003 - Sentencing Commission Toughens Penalties for Terrorism, Oxycodone Trafficking, and Campaign Finance Offenses; Agency Also Announces Study of Departures from Sentencing Guidelines.

January 8, 2003 - Sentencing Commission Stiffens Penalties for White Collar Criminals.


May 22, 2002 - Sentencing Commission Reports on Cocaine Sentencing Policy.

May 1, 2002 - Sentencing Commission Convenes Native American Ad Hoc Advisory Group.

April 5, 2002 - Change In Federal Cocaine Sentencing Policy Recommended Findings To Be Submitted To Congress.

March 25, 2002 - Sentencing Commission increases Penalties for Crimes Against Cultural Heritage.

February 21, 2002 - Sentencing Commission Convenes Organizational Guidelines Ad Hoc Advisory Group.


October 10, 2001 - Sentencing Commission Seeks to Increase Penalties for Use of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapon.

April 16, 2001 - Sentencing Commission Increases Penalties for High Dollar Fraud Offenders, Sexual Predators, and Ecstasy Traffickers; Commission Also Amends Money Laundering Guidelines.

March 1, 2001 - Sentencing Commission Seeks to Increase Penalties for Counterfeiting and Amphetamine Offenses; Agency Also Implements Guidelines for Human Trafficking Offenses.

January 22, 2001 - U.S. Sentencing Commission Names Charles R. Tetzlaff as General Counsel.


April 4, 2000 - Sentencing Commission Toughens Penalties Against Internet Pirates and Sexual Predators Targeting Children.


November 12, 1999 - Judge Murphy Named to Chair United States Sentencing Commission – Seven New Commissioners Confirmed.


September 28, 1998 - Increased Penalties for Fraudulent Telemarketing Schemes.

August 28, 1998 - Chairman Richard P. Conaboy Resigns Post.

August 28, 1998 - Timothy McGrath Named Interim Staff Director.

August 17, 1998 - Telemarketing Fraud and Economic Crime Package.


May 1, 1997 - Methamphetamine Penalties.

April 29, 1997 - Cocaine Sentencing Recommendations.

April 25, 1997 - Flunitrazepam – “Date Rape” Drug.


July 22, 1996 - Public Hearing on Guideline Simplification.

April 30, 1996 - Child Sex Offense Penalties.

March 11, 1996 - Public Hearing – Amendments.

February 14, 1996 - Child Sex Offenses – Public Comment.