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 Alien Smuggling Offenders

    (August 2019)  There was an increase in the number of alien smuggling offenders sentenced over the last five years. Learn more in this new Quick Facts. 

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Illegal Reentry Offenders

    (August 2019)   In FY 2018, illegal reentry convictions increased 14.8% from the previous fiscal year. Learn more in this new Quick Facts.

  • Research and Data
    Research Notes

    (July 2019) Research Notes are designed to help researchers use the Commission’s datafiles by providing answers to common data analysis and other technical questions.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Female Offenders

    (July 2019) The number of federal offenders who were women decreased from 10,531 in fiscal year 2014 to 8,997 in fiscal year 2018. Learn more in this two-page Quick Facts.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Fentanyl Trafficking

    (July 2019)  Federal offenses involving fentanyl trafficking have increased by 4,711.1% since fiscal year 2014. Learn more in this two-page Quick Facts.

2018-2019 Amendment Cycle

  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • final amendments
  • Public Comment

    August 16, 2018

     

     

    The Commission received comment on proposed priorities for the 2018 - 2019 amendment year (ending May 1, 2019).

  • 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

     

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 28, 2018

     

    The Commission has finalized priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2019.

    Federal Register Notice

     

  • Event

    August 23, 2018

     

    A public meeting of the Commission was held on 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 was streamed live. A video recording is available. 

     

  • Press Release

    August 23, 2018

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission adopts 2018-2019 policy priorities. 

     

     

  • Public Comment

    March 15, 2019

     

     

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

  • Public Comment

    February 19, 2019

     

     

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

  • Amendments

    December 19, 2018

     

    This document contains unofficial text of proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines provided only for the convenience of the user in the preparation of public comment.    The proposed amendments and issues for comment are subject to a public comment period running through February 19, 2019, with a reply period ending March 15, 2019.

     

    "Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments

     

     

     

  • Federal Register Notice

    December 19, 2018

     

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

     

    Public comment will be accepted through February 19, 2019. Written reply comments will be accepted through March 15, 2019.

     

    Federal Register Notice

  • Press Release

    December 13, 2018

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission proposes amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, holds final public meeting of the current commission.

     

    Press Release

     

  • Event

    December 13, 2018

     

    A public meeting of the Commission was held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (ET).  The meeting was streamed live.  A video recording is available.

     

    Agenda:
         - Adoption of August 2018 Minutes
         - Report from the Chair
         - Possible Vote to Publish Proposals for Comment

     

    Chair's Remarks