Annual Report 2008

U. S. Sentencing Commission
2008 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
  Policy Issues
    Crack Cocaine Amendment Retroactivity
    Disaster Fraud
    Alternatives to Incarceration
    Animal Fighting
    Court Security Improvement
    Food and Drugs
  Amendments Promulgated
  Assistance to Congress
Chapter Three - Legal Issues
  United States Supreme Court Cases on Sentencing Issues
    Petitions for Certiorari Granted
  Decisions of the United States Courts of Appeals
Chapter Four - Guideline Training and Education
  Internet Web Site
  Public Information
  Publications and Training Materials
    Seventeenth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Guidelines
    Organizational Guidelines Training
    High-Tech Approaches to Training
      Calls Received in 2008
    Temporary Assignment Programs
Chapter Five - Research
  Statutory Requirements
  Document Submission
  Data Collection
    Data Collection Issues
  Summary of 2008 Findings
    Sentencing Individual Offenders
      Offender Characteristics
      Guideline Cases
      Guideline Application
      Sentences Within the Guideline Range and Outside the 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
      Overall Offense and Offender Characteristics
      Data on Resentencing and Other Modifications of Sentence
    Data Analyses for the Courts and Congress