• (May 11, 2020)  These data reports compare fiscal year 2020 sentencing statistics for each federal circuit, district, and state to the nation as a whole.

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  • (May 3, 2021)  Explore the Spring 2021 edition of the Insider Express digital newsletter brought to you by the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice.

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  • (May 3, 2021)  Complete this new eLearning module to learn how to apply Chapter Eight of the guidelines and determine sentences for organizational defendants.

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  • (April 27, 2021)  The preliminary data in this report reflects information received on offenders sentenced during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020).

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  • (April 27, 2021)  In the latest Commission Chats podcast episode, General Counsel Kathleen Grilli describes the amendment cycle and offers tips on using the guidelines and related products.

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  • (April 26, 2021)  Case Law Quarterly summarizes select appellate court decisions that involve the guidelines and other aspects of federal sentencing.

    Volume 5, Issue 1 (January - March 2021)

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”.