Annual Report 1998

U. S. Sentencing Commission
1998 Annual Report

Annual Report Cover

Table of Contents

U.S. Sentencing Commission - Year In Review
Chapter One - Commission Overview
  A Brief History of Federal Sentencing Reform
  Agency Overview
    Budget and Expenditures
Chapter Two - The Sentencing Guidelines
  Guideline Amendments
    Amendments Promulgated
    Congressional Directive and Interest Amendments
    Circuit Conflict Amendments
    Miscellaneous Amendments
  Assistance to Congress
    Other Policy Initiatives
      Economic Crimes Package
Chapter Three - Legal Issues
  U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Sentencing Issues
    Enhanced Penalty Under 8 U.S.C. § 1326 (b)(2)
    Amount and Type of Drugs in a Conspiracy
    Carrying a Firearm
      Bailey's Effects on Section 924(c) Convictions Already Adjudicated
  Decisions of the United States Courts of Appeals
    The "Safety Valve"
      Possession of a Firearm
      Truthfully Provide Information to the Government
      Resentencing Pursuant to §1B1.10
    Post-Koon Appellate Departure Decisions
Chapter Four - Guideline Training and Education
  Internet Web Site
  Public Information
  Publications and Training Materials
    Training New Appointees
    Defense Attorney Training Initiative
    District-Based Guideline Education
    "High-Tech" Approaches to Training
      Calls Received in 1998
    Temporary Assignment Programs
Chapter Five - Research
  Statutory Requirements
  Data Collection
    Data Collection Issues
  Summary of 1998 Findings
    Sentencing Individual Offenders
      Offender Characteristics
      Guideline Cases
      Guideline Application
      Departures and Sentences Within the Guideline Range
      Drug Cases
      Immigration Cases
    Organizational Sentencing Practices
      Offense Characteristics
      Offender Characteristics
      Sanctions Imposed
    Appeals Data
      Summary of Information Received
      Issues and Guidelines Appealed
      Offense and Offender Characteristics
  Prison Impact Assessment
    No Prison Impact Anticpated
    Prison Impact Cannot be Estimated
    Prison Impact Estimated as Negligible
  Data Analyses for the Courts