The Commission establishes sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts. Each year, the Commission reviews and refines these policies in light of congressional action, decisions from courts of appeals, sentencing-related research, and input from the criminal justice community.
In this section, you can follow the Commission’s work through the amendment cycle as priorities are set, research is performed, testimony is heard, and amendments are adopted.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch that was created as part of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. Commissioners are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Attorney General, or the Attorney General’s designee, and the Chair of the U.S. Parole Commission serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the Commission.
In this section, learn about the Commission’s mission, structure, and ongoing work.
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
These documents contain official and unofficial text of final amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, which were submitted to Congress on April 30, 2018 (effective November 1, 2018). "Reader-Friendly" Amendments Official Text of Amendments
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 6, 2018 and a reply comment period running through March 28, 2018 . "Reader-Friendly" Version of Proposed Amendments
The 2016 Guidelines Manual , effective November 1, 2016, remained in effect through October 31, 2018 as there were no new amendments promulgated by the Commission. The manual is available in HTML and PDF formats, which can be viewed, downloaded or printed via the website. Download the complete 2016...
Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines Interim Publication Incorporating guideline amendments effective August 1, 2016. To be used in conjunction with the 2015 Guidelines Manual until publication of the 2016 manual, effective November 1, 2016. Supplement to the 2015 Guidelines Manual