Learn more about our amendment process below.
Proposed PrioritiesJune - AugustThe Commission begins the amendment cycle in early spring with a Commission planning session. By late spring, the Commission publishes for public comment a list of tentative policy priorities.
Final PrioritiesSeptember - DecemberIn late summer, the Commission votes to adopt final priorities. These are the issues the Commission will address in the amendment cycle. Then, staff policy teams are formed to research the various issues and develop recommendations, including possible guideline amendments.
Proposed AmendmentsJanuary - MarchTypically in January (but sometimes earlier) the Commission publishes proposed amendments responding to its list of priorities. The Commission solicits comment from the general public and stakeholder groups and holds public hearings to receive testimony on the proposed amendments.
Adopted AmendmentsApril - MayTypically in April (but sometimes earlier), the Commission votes on whether to adopt amendments. No later than May 1, amendments are submitted to Congress for a 180-day review period. If Congress takes no action during this period, the adopted amendments become effective November 1.
2023-2024 Amendment Cycle
The Commission received comment on proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2024.
Federal Register Notice
The Commission seeks comment on proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2024.
Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before August 1, 2023.
Commissioners voted at a public meeting to allow delayed retroactive application of Amendment 821 relating to criminal history. The Commission also approved new policy priorities for the amendment year ending May 1, 2024.
Federal Register Notice
The Commission published final priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2024.
A public meeting of the Commission was held on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission.
A video recording and transcript are available.
This document contains unofficial text of the amendment to policy statement §1B1.10 (Reduction in Term of Imprisonment as a Result of Amended Guideline Range (Policy Statement)), as promulgated by the Commission. Official text will appear in a forthcoming edition of the Federal Register.
The Commission received comment on possible retroactive application of Parts A and B of the 2023 Criminal History Amendment (effective November 1, 2023).