Notice from August 19-20, 2003

August 11, 2003


Pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, the following public hearing and meeting are scheduled:

(1) Public Hearing - Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at 3:00 p.m., and

(2) Public Meeting - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 9:30 a.m.

The public hearing on August 19 will be held in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in the Federal Judicial Center’s Classrooms A-C. It is expected that the public hearing will last approximately two hours. The purpose of the public hearing is to gather testimony on the implementation of section 401(m) of the PROTECT Act requiring that within 180 days of enactment, the Sentencing Commission must “promulgate amendments to the sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and official commentary to ensure that the incidence of downward departures are substantially reduced.”

The public meeting on August 20 will be held in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., in Suite 2-500 (South Lobby). It is expected that the public meeting will last approximately 45 minutes. The purpose of the public meeting is for the Commission to conduct the business detailed in the following agenda:

Report of the Chair.

Report of the Staff Director.

Approval of Minutes.

Vote to Publish Federal Register Notice of Priorities for 2003-2004.

Vote on Commentary to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Public meeting materials are available at the Commission's website ( or from the Commission (202/502-4590).