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(June 18, 2024)   This report provides an analysis of the compassionate release motions filed with the courts and decided through the second quarter of fiscal year 2024.

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(June 18, 2024)  This preliminary data report reflects information received on individuals sentenced through the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 (October 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024).

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(June 13, 2024)  This report examines both the prevalence of federal methamphetamine trafficking sentences, and the purity levels of methamphetamine trafficked in the United States.

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Press Release

(May 31, 2024)  The Commission has published a request for comment on policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2025. Public comment on proposed priorities will be accepted through July 15, 2024. 

Federal Register Notice

Wondering what changes are scheduled to take effect on November 1? Amendments-In-Brief offer a quick overview of the Commission’s actions in a certain area of sentencing policy and the issue that prompted the guideline amendment.

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(June 18, 2024)  New Quick Facts are available on firearms, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue traffickers, and individuals serving sentences in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Quick Facts publications give readers basic facts about a single area of federal crime. 

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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.

 

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Amendments In Brief

Amendments In Brief are short summaries, usually one to two pages, of the Commission’s actions in a certain area of sentencing policy and the issue that prompted the guideline amendment.

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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”.

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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.

2024-2025 Amendment Cycle

  • Federal Register Notice

     

    The Commission seeks comment on proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2025.
     

    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before July 15, 2024.