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.



  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Drug Offenses

    (July 2018)  Learn more about drug trafficking offenses in the federal system, including offender and offense characteristics by the type of drug involved in the offense. 

  • Research and Data
    Preliminary FY 2018 Data (through 2nd Quarter)

    (July 2018) This data report contains preliminary quarterly data on cases in which the offender was sentenced during the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Section 924(c) Offenses

    (July 2018)  Over one-quarter of all section 924(c) offenders were convicted of another offense carrying a mandatory minimum. In most cases, the other offense was a drug trafficking crime.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Economic Crime

    (June 2018)  Learn more about various categories of economic crime in the federal system, including securities and investment fraud, bribery, tax fraud, copyright/trademark infringement, etc. 

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

    (June 2018)  Non-U.S. citizen offenders accounted for 40.7% of all federal offenders sentenced in FY 2017. The number of non-citizens sentenced has decreased over the last five years.

2018-2019 Amendment Cycle

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

    August 23, 2018


    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission. 


    The meeting will be streamed live. 


  • Federal Register Notice

    June 28, 2018


    The Commission has proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2019 and has requested public comment.



    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before August 10, 2018. 



    83 FR 30477


Quick Facts