• On January 19, 2018 at a public meeting, Commissioners approved publication of several proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, including proposals addressing the treatment of synthetic drugs under the guidelines. 

  • (January 3, 2018)  The Commission's latest e-Learning course explains how to calculate criminal history points when an offender has multiple prior offenses.  The course describes a two-part analysis taken to determine whether prior sentences should be counted as a single sentence or multiple prior sentences. 

  • Case Law Quarterly summarizes selected appellate court decisions that focus on relevant sentencing topics.  The final issue of 2017 can now be read online. 

  • (Published December 7, 2017)  In its fourth report in a series on recidivism among federal offenders, the Commission examines the impact of the aging process on recidivism and, once age is accounted for, the impact of other offense and offender characteristics.

  • On December 5, 2017, Commissioners received testimony from expert witnesses on the topics of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and synthetic cannabinoids, including their chemical structure, pharmacological effects, trafficking patterns, and community impact.   The hearing was streamed live and a video recording can be viewed online.  

  • The Commission held a public hearing on October 4, 2017 to receive testimony from expert witnesses on the topic of synthetic cathinones, including their chemical structure, pharmacological effects, trafficking patterns, and community impact.

About the Commission

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1984 to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.

The Commission collects, analyzes, and distributes a broad array of information on federal sentencing practices, continuously establishing and amending sentencing guidelines for the judicial branch and assisting the other branches in developing effective and efficient crime policy. Learn the basics of federal sentencing.


 

  • Research and Data
    FY 2017 Quarterly Report on Federal Sentencing Data

    (January 12, 2018) This quarterly report contains preliminary data on cases in which the offender was sentenced during fiscal year 2017.

  • Research and Data
    Retroactivity Data for 2014 Drug Amendment

    (November 1, 2017) This report provides information on motions for a reduced sentence pursuant to the retroactive application of Amendment 782, which reduced the drug quantity table by two levels...

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Methamphetamine Trafficking

    (August 7, 2017) Methamphetamine trafficking offenders accounted for one-third of all federal drug trafficking offenders sentenced in fiscal year 2016.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Non-U.S. Citizen Federal Offenders

    (June 20, 2017) Non-U.S. citizens accounted for 41.7% of all federal offenders sentenced in fiscal year 2016. These offenders were mostly commonly sentenced for illegal reentry (62.8%). 

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Offenders in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

    (June 7, 2017) There were 164,598 offenders serving a sentence for a federal conviction in the Bureau of Prisons, most commonly for drug offenses (48.1%).

2017-2018 Amendment Cycle

  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • final amendments
  • Event

    August 17, 2017

    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission.


    Watch the meeting.

  • Public Comment

    August 11, 2017

    Public Comment on Synthetic Drugs
    82 FR 28382

    The Commission received comment on synthetic drugs, including MDMA/Ecstasy and methylone.

  • Public Comment

    July 31, 2017

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Priorities
    82 FR 28381

    The Commission received public comment on proposed priorities, including the structure of the guidelines, mandatory minimum penalties, crimes of violence, alternatives to incarceration, recidivism, and others.

  • Federal Register Notice

    June 22, 2017

    The Commission is requesting public comment on issues related to MDMA/Ecstasy and methylone. 


    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before August 7, 2017.


    82 FR 28382

  • Federal Register Notice

    June 22, 2017

    The Commission has proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2018 and has requested public comment.


    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before July 31, 2017. 


    82 FR 28381

  • Event

    December 05, 2017

    A public hearing was held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (ET).  This hearing was streamed live. 


     

    Commissioners received testimony on fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and synthetic cannabinoids.

  • Public Comment

    November 13, 2017

    Public Comment on Fentanyl & Fentanyl Analogues
    82 FR 47322

    The Commission received comment on fentanyl and fentanyl analogues.

  • Public Comment

    October 27, 2017

    Public Comment on Synthetic Drugs
    82 FR 40648

    The Commission received comment on Synthetic Cathinones, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and Synthetic Cannabinoids.

  • Federal Register Notice

    October 11, 2017

    The Commission is seeking comment on a policy priority pertaining to fentanyl and fentanyl analogues.

     

    Public comment should be received by the Commission no later than November 13, 2017.


    82 FR 47322

  • Event

    October 04, 2017

    A public hearing was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m (ET). This hearing was streamed live.


     

    The Commission received testimony on synthetic cathinones.

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 24, 2017

    The Commission is seeking comment on a policy priority pertaining to synthetic cathinones, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and synthetic cannabinoids.


    Public comment should be received by the Commission no later than October 27, 2017.


    82 FR 40648

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 17, 2017

    The Commission has finalized policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2018.


    82 FR 39949

  • Press Release

    August 17, 2017

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission announces its list of 2017-2018 policy priorities, proposes "holdover" amendments. 

  • Event

    January 19, 2018

     

    A public meeting was held on January 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) At the meeting, commissioners voted to publish additional proposed guideline amendments and issues for comment. The meeting was streamed live.  Check back soon for a video recording. 

  • Press Release

    January 19, 2018

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission proposes package of synthetic drugs amendments; new classes of synthetic drugs and increases to fentanyl penalties among proposals. 

  • Amendments

    January 19, 2018

    This document provides preliminary, unofficial text of proposed amendments to the guidelines. Official text will appear in an upcoming edition of the Federal Register. The proposed amendments and issues for comment will be subject to a public comment period running through March 6, 2018 and a reply comment period running through March 28, 2018.

     

    Preliminary "Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments

     

     

     

  • Public Comment

    November 06, 2017

    Reply Comment Received on Proposed Amendments
    (82 FR 40651)

    The Commission received reply comment on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines in response to original comment.

  • Public Comment

    October 10, 2017

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Amendments in Response to 82 FR 40651

    The Commission received public comment on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.


    Download All Comment (8.7 MB)

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 24, 2017

    The Commission has proposed amendments to the guidelines and has requested public comment.


    Public comment was accepted through October 10, 2017. Written reply comments will be accepted through November 6, 2017.


    82 FR 40651

  • Press Release

    August 17, 2017

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission announces its list of 2017-2018 policy priorities, proposes "holdover" amendments. 

  • Amendments

    August 17, 2017

    This document is unofficial text of proposed amendments to the guidelines.


    "Reader-Friendly" Proposed Amendments

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Speeches & Testimony

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