U. S. Sentencing Commission
2003 Annual Report

Table of Contents

U.S. Sentencing Commission - Year In Review
Chapter One - Commission Overview
A Brief History of Federal Sentencing Reform
Agency Overview
Budget and Expenditures
Chapter Two - The Sentencing Guidelines
Guideline Amendments
    Amendments Promulgated
Congressional Directive and Interest Amendments
  Amendments Addressing Issues of Commission Interest
  Policy Teams
Campaign Finance Policy Team
Corporate Fraud Policy Team
Cybersecurity Policy Team
Involuntary Manslaughter Policy Team
Section 5G1.3 Policy Team
Terrorism Policy Team
Immigration Policy Team
  Advisory Groups
Practitioners Advisory Group
Probation Officers Advisory Group
Organizational Guidelines Ad Hoc Advisory Group
Native American Ad Hoc Advisory Group
Assistance to Congress
Chapter Three - Legal Issues
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Sentencing Issues
Petition for Certiorari Filed
Decisions of the United States Courts of Appeals
Relevant Conduct
Murder Cross-Reference
Terrorism Enhancement
Objstruction of Justice
Criminal History
Circuit Conflicts Resolved by the Commission
Standard of Review for Departures
Section 3E1.1 (Acceptance of Responsibility)
Chapter Four - Guideline Training and Education
Internet Web Site
Public Information
Publications and Training Materials
Training New Appointees
Twelfth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Circuit and District-Based Guideline Education
Organizational Guidelines Training
"High-Tech" Approaches to Training
Calls Received in 2003
Temporary Assignment Programs
Chapter Five - Research
Statutory Requirements
Document Submission
Data Collection
Data Collection Issues
Summary of 2003 Findings
Sentencing Individual Offenders
Offender Characteristics
Guideline Cases
Guideline Application
Departures and Sentences Within the Guideline Range
Drug Cases
Immigration Cases
Organizational Sentencing Practices
Changes from Prior Annual Reports
Offense Characteristics
Offender Characteristics
Sanctions Imposed
Appeals Data
Summary of Information Received
Issues and Guidelines Appealed
Offense and Offender Characteristics
Government Accountability Office Report
Data Analyses for the Courts and Congress