- The Commission promulgates guidelines that judges consult when sentencing federal offenders. When the guidelines are amended, a subsequent Guidelines Manual is published.
- In this section, you will find the Commission’s comprehensive archive of yearly amendments and Guidelines Manuals dating back to 1987.
The Commission serves as an information resource for Congress, the executive branch, the courts, criminal justice practitioners, the academic community, and the public. The Commission provides seminars, workshops, training programs, and other online resources on guideline application and other federal sentencing issues. You will find many of these resources available below.
We also work closely with the court family to customize training for judges, their law clerks, courtroom deputies and district court clerks as well as probation officers, defense attorneys, and prosecutors. We will can conduct separate training sessions for each group according to preference and level of experience – from brand-new practitioners to people with decades of federal sentencing experience.
Core eLearning Curriculum
The following resources are available to assist judges, probation officers, law clerks, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and others in understanding and applying the guidelines. The Commission offers a variety of materials, including decision trees, eLearning courses, primers, and worksheets.
Search by Training Topic
Our training office provides resources for seasoned practitioners and those new to federal sentencing. You can find materials on the basics of criminal history and relevant conduct to more advanced topics including grouping principles and the categorical approach. Browse all of the Commission's training materials by training topic below.