Annual Report 2004

U. S. Sentencing Commission
2004 Annual Report

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
    Amendments Promulgated
      Congressional Directive and Interest Amendments
      Amendments Addressing Issues of Commission Interest
  Policy Teams
    Drug Policy Team
    Hazardous Materials Policy Team
    Homicide and Assault Policy Team
    Immigration Policy Team
    MANPADS Policy Team
    Mitigating Role Cap Policy Team
    Public Corruption Policy Team
    Sex Offense Policy Team
    Body Armor Policy Team
    CAN-SPAM Policy Team
  Advisory Groups
    Practitioners Advisory Group
    Probation Officers Advisory Group
    Organizational Guidelines Ad Hoc Advisory Group
    Native American Ad Hoc Advisory Group
  Assistance to Congress
Chapter Three - Legal Issues
  U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Sentencing Issues
    Petition for Certiorari Filed
  Decisions of the United States Courts of Appeals
    Post-Blakely Sixth Amendment Decisions
    Firearm Offenses
    Sex Offenses
    Immigration Offenses
    Vulnerable Victim
    Use of a Minor
    Obstruction of Justice
    Safety Valve
    Downward Departures
    Upward Departures
  Circuit Conflicts Resolved by the Commission
Chapter Four - Guideline Training and Education
  Internet Web Site
  Public Information
  Publications and Training Materials
    Training New Appointees
    Thirteenth Annual National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Guidelines
    Circuit and District-Based Guideline Education
    Organizational Guidelines Training
    "High-Tech" Approaches to Training
      Calls Received in 2004
    Temporary Assignment Programs
Chapter Five - Research
  Statutory Requirements
  Document Submission
  Data Collection
    Data Collection Issues
  Summary of 2004 Findings
    Sentencing Individual Offenders
      Offender Characteristics
    Organizational Sentencing Practices
      Changes from Prior Annual Reports
      Overall Organizational Data for Fiscal Year 2004
    Appeals Data - Introduction
      Overall Summary of Information Received
      Offense and Offender Characteristics
    Sentencing Data for Cases Sentenced Between October 1, 2003, and June 24, 2004
      Guideline Cases Pre-Blakely
      Guideline Application Pre-Blakely
      Departures and Sentences Within the Guideline Range Pre-Blakely
      Drug Cases Pre-Blakely
      Immigration Cases Pre-Blakely
    Organizational Sentencing Practices Pre-Blakely Data
      Offense Characteristics in Pre-Blakely Cases
      Offender Characteristics in Pre-Blakely Cases
      Sanctions Imposed in Pre-Blakely Cases
    Appeals Data Pre-Blakely
      Summary of Information Received, Pre-Blakely Cases
      Issues and Guidelines Appealed Pre-Blakely
    Sentencing Data for Cases Sentenced Between June 25, 2004,
and September 30, 2004
      Guideline Cases Post-Blakely
      Guideline Application Post-Blakely
      Departures and Sentences Within the Guideline Range Post-Blakely
      Drug Cases Post-Blakely
      Immigration Cases Post-Blakely
    Organizational Sentencing Practices Post-Blakely Data
      Offense Characteristics in Post-Blakely Cases
      Offender Characteristics in Post-Blakely Cases
      Sanctions Imposed in Post-Blakely Cases
    Appeals Data Post-Blakely
      Summary of Information Received, Post-Blakely Cases
      Issues and Guidelines Appealed Post-Blakely
    Data Analyses for the Courts and Congress