The Commission's principal purposes are to:
- establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts, including guidelines to be consulted regarding the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes;
- advise and assist Congress and the executive branch in the development of effective and efficient crime policy; and
- collect, analyze, research, and distribute a broad array of information on federal crime and sentencing issues, serving as an information resource for Congress, the executive branch, the courts, criminal justice practitioners, the academic community, and the public.
Ex Officio Commissioner
The Commission published proposed amendments and issues for comment for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2024.December 2023
Commission releases updated analysis of Demographic Differences in Federal Sentencing.November 2023
Commission appoints Alan C. Dorhoffer as Director of Education and Sentencing Practice.September 2023