Press Releases and News Advisories - Archives

2014

- Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, comments on amendment reducing the drug guidelines, effective November 1, 2014.  

- U.S. Sentencing Commission releases video to aid federal crime victims. The video release commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Crime Victims' Rights Act.  

- U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously 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. 

- U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously votes to allow delayed retroactive reduction in drug trafficking sentences.

- In the News: Wall Street Journal publishes Chair Saris's letter to the editor. 

– Commission votes to reduce drug trafficking sentences.

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

– The Commission votes to publish to the Federal Register proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.

2013

– Commission names Kathleen Cooper Grilli new General Counsel.

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

– The Commission adopts is policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle.

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

– 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.

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

– 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.

– Commission's Staff Director Announces Retirement.

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

– 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.

2012

- Commission promulgates amendments for the 2011-2012 amendment cycle.

2011

- Commission submits comprehensive report on mandatory minimum penalties to Congress.

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

- Commission promulgates amendments for the 2010-2011 amendment cycle.

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.

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

- Commission announces hearing on statutory mandatory minimum penalties and the federal sentencing system.

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

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

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

2009

- Sentencing Commission Appoints New Victims Advisory Group Chair and Members.

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

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

- United States Sentencing Commission to Hold Public Hearing at Stanford Law School.

- United States Sentencing Commission to Hold Public Hearing in Atlanta.

- United States Sentencing Commission to Conduct Regional Public Hearings on Federal Sentencing Policy.

- Sentencing Commission Ratifies Charter for Practitioners Advisory Group.

2008

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

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

2007

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

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

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

2006

- News Advisory: Public Hearing on Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy.

- United States Sentencing Commission To Hold Public Hearing Tuesday On Cocaine and Sentencing Policy.

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

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

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

- United States Sentencing Commission Names Judith Sheon as Staff Director.

2005

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

- Sentencing Commission Addresses Congressional Concerns On Antitrust and Identity Theft Offenses.

- U.S. Sentencing Commission Chair Comments on High Court Ruling.

2004

- Sentencing Commission Appointments Announced.

- Sentencing Commission Issues 15 Year Study on Federal Sentencing.

- Hinojosa Named to Chair U.S. Sentencing Commission.

- Commission Tightens Requirements for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Programs.

- 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.

- 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.

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

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

2003

- Panel on the Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations Issues Final Report.

- Sentencing Commission Acts to Reduce Number of Sentences Below the Guidelines.

- Hinojosa and Horowitz Named to Sentencing Commission.

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

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

- Sentencing Commission Stiffens Penalties for White Collar Criminals.

2002

- Sentencing Commission Reports on Cocaine Sentencing Policy.

- Sentencing Commission Convenes Native American Ad Hoc Advisory Group.

- Sentencing Commission increases Penalties for Crimes Against Cultural Heritage.

- Change In Federal Cocaine Sentencing Policy Recommended Findings To Be Submitted To Congress.

- Sentencing Commission Convenes Organizational Guidelines Ad Hoc Advisory Group.

2001

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

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

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

- U.S. Sentencing Commission Names Charles R. Tetzlaff as General Counsel.

2000

- Sentencing Commission Toughens Penalties Against Internet Pirates and Sexual Predators Targeting Children.

1999

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

1998

- Increased Penalties for Fraudulent Telemarketing Schemes.

- Chairman Richard P. Conaboy Resigns Post.

- Timothy McGrath Named Interim Staff Director.

- Telemarketing Fraud and Economic Crime Package.

1997

- Methamphetamine Penalties.

- Cocaine Sentencing Recommendations.

- Flunitrazepam – “Date Rape” Drug.

1996

- Public Hearing on Guideline Simplification.

- Child Sex Offense Penalties.

- Public Hearing – Amendments.

- Child Sex Offenses – Public Comment.