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
    Preliminary FY 2018 Data (through 3rd Quarter)

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

  • Research and Data
    Retroactivity Data for 2014 Drug Amendment

    (August 2018) 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 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
  • 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. 



  • Amendments

    December 13, 2018


    This document contains unofficial preliminary 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.



    Preliminary "Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments




  • 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.  Check back soon for a video recording.

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

    Chair's Remarks

  • 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

Quick Facts