Annual Report 1999

U. S. Sentencing Commission
1999 Annual Report

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
  Policy Teams
    Economic Crimes Policy Teams
      Cellular Telephone Cloning
      Identity Theft
      Definition of Loss and Loss Tables
    No Electronic Theft Act Policy Develoment Team
    The Firearms Policy Team
    Methamphetamine Policy Team
    Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy Team
    Telemarketing Fraud Policy Team
  Assistance to Congress
Chapter Three - Legal Issues
  U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Sentencing Issues
    Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Applies at Sentencing Hearing
    Carjacking Statute Penalty Provisions Constitute Elements of Offense
    Commencement of Supervised Release
  Decisions of the United States Courts of Appeals
    The "Safety Valve"
      Criminal History
      Possession of a Firearm
      Truthfully Provide Information to the Government
      Acceptance of Responsibility and Safety Value
    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 1999
    Temporary Assignment Programs
Chapter Five - Research
  Statutory Requirements
  Data Collection
    Data Collection Issues
  Summary of 1999 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
  Staff Papers and Presentations
  Data Analyses for the Courts