• (October 13, 2021)   Federal Sentencing of Child Pornography: Production Offenses is a follow-up to Federal Sentencing of Child Pornography: Non-Production Offenses released in June 2021. Both reports update and expand upon the Commission's 2012 report to the Congress. 

    Key Findings
    Full Report

  • (October 20, 2021)   The Office of General Counsel prepared a compilation of selected U.S. Supreme Court and appellate court cases on sentencing issues. You can also perform preliminary legal research (filter by circuit or topic) using the newly updated Case Law Concierge offered by the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice.

    Selected Supreme Court Cases
    Case Law Quarterly
    Case Law Concierge

  • (September 30, 2021)  This publication examines recidivism rates over an eight-year follow-up period of federal offenders released from incarceration or sentenced to a term of probation in 2010.

    Key Findings
    Full Report

  • (September 28, 2021)   This report provides an analysis of the compassionate release motions filed with the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The data in this report reflects motions decided from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 for which court documentation was received, coded, and edited by August 31, 2021.

    Full Report

  • (September 28, 2021)   The Judiciary Sentencing INformation (JSIN) platform is a new online sentencing data resource specifically developed with the needs of federal judges in mind. JSIN provides quick and easy online access to sentencing data for similarly-situated federal defendants.

    Learn More

  • (September 13, 2021)  This preliminary data report includes information received on offenders sentenced through the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021).

    Learn more

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.  The Commission also continuously establishes and amends sentencing guidelines for the judicial branch and assists the other branches in developing effective and efficient crime policy. Learn the basics of federal sentencing.

 

 

  • Resources
    Upcoming Training Events

    Virtual Sentencing Guidelines training is now open to a national audience! Sessions are available on a first come, first served basis to all members of the court family.

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    Ask the HelpLine

    The HelpLine assists judges, probation officers, and practitioners in understanding and applying the guidelines. You can submit your questions electronically or call us directly.

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    Quick Facts

    Quick Facts publications give readers basic facts about a single area of federal crime in an easy-to-read, two-page format. The Commission releases new Quick Facts periodically.

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    Research Notes

    Research Notes give background information on the technical details of the Commission’s data collection process and provide answers to common data analysis questions. 

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    Decision Trees

    How do the guidelines apply in a case with multiple counts? How do you score criminal history convictions? Follow the decision trees to answer these questions.

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    Primers

    Want to learn more about relevant statutes, case law and guidelines on a specific topic? Discover our primers that focus on topics ranging from drug trafficking to criminal history to supervised release....

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    Worksheets

    Use these worksheets to help determine the applicable offense level, criminal history score, and guideline range in an individual offender’s case.

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    Glossary of Sentencing Terms

    Unclear about some of the terms found in the Guidelines Manual? This glossary covers everything from “Abuse of Trust” to “Zone D”.