• On Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, the Commission will hold a public hearing to receive testimony from expert witnesses on proposed amendments related to Compassionate Release, Sexual Abuse of a Ward, and Acquitted Conduct.  The hearing will commence at 9am (ET) on both days and stream live on the Commission's website.


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  • We're back! The 2023 National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be held in Los Angeles, CA from August 29-31, 2023.  Registration will open in Spring 2023 on a first come, first served basis. Save the date! 


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  • (January 23, 2023)  This data briefing is available to inform public comment on recently proposed amendments responding to the Commission’s priorities on criminal history and implementation of the directive at 28 U.S.C. § 994(j). The briefing presents data on three aspects of criminal history: status points, offenders with zero criminal history points, and simple possession of marijuana offenses.

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  • At the January public meeting, Commissioners published proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines for the amendment year ending May 1, 2023. The proposals are subject to a public comment period ending March 14, 2023.

    Press Release
    Federal Register Notice
    "Reader Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments
    Submit Comment through the NEW Portal

  • The Commission launched a Public Comment Submission Portal where the public can participate in the amendment cycle and submit comment online during open formal public comment periods.

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  • (January 11, 2023)  Explore recent federal sentencing-related Supreme Court and appellate court decisions by circuit or topic using this interactive PDF. The latest issue covers calendar year 2022. 

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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.

 

 

  • Resources
    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”.

  • Resources
    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.

  • Resources
    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.

  • Resources
    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....

  • Resources
    Worksheets

    Use these worksheets to help determine the applicable offense level, criminal history score, and guideline range in an individual offender’s case.

  • Resources
    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.

  • Resources
    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. 

2022-2023 Amendment Year

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

    October, 2022

     

     

    The Commission received comment on proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023.

  • Federal Register Notice

    September, 2022

     

    The Commission seeks comment on proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023.
     

    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before October 17, 2022. 

     

     

  • Press Release

    September, 2022

     

    The Commission proposed policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023. 

  • Press Release

    August, 2022

     

    The Commission regains a quorum for the first time in three years, enabling it to amend federal sentencing guidelines, issue sentencing policy.

  • Event

    October, 2022

     

    A public meeting of the Commission was held on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 9:00 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. 

  • Press Release

    October, 2022

     

    The Commission finalized policy priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023. 

  • Federal Register Notice

    October, 2022

     

    The Commission published final priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023.

    Federal Register Notice

     

  • Event

    February, 2023

    A public hearing will be held on Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2023 to commence at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on both days.  Commissioners will receive testimony on proposed amendments related to Compassionate Release, Sexual Abuse of a Ward, and Acquitted Conduct.
     

    This hearing will be streamed live.

  • Federal Register Notice

    February, 2023

     

    The Commission published proposed amendments for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023.
     

    Federal Register Notice

     

  • Amendments

    February, 2023

     

    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 March 14, 2023.

     

    "Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments

  • Event

    January, 2023

     

    A public meeting of the Commission was held on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 1:00 p.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. 

  • Video

    January, 2023

     

    Commission staff prepared a data presentation to inform public comment on a proposed amendment related to criminal history and the Commission’s implementation of 28 U.S.C. § 994(j). The deadline for public comment is March 14, 2023.

  • Press Release

    January, 2023

     

    The Commission published proposed amendments and issues for comment for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2023.