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Sourcebooks of Federal Sentencing Statistics
The Sourcebook contains descriptive statistics on the application of the federal sentencing guidelines and provides selected district, circuit, and national sentencing data. The latest edition reports information on offenders sentenced in fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022).
Interactive Data Analyzer
You've got questions, IDA has data. The Interactive Data Analyzer (IDA) is an online tool that can be used to explore, filter, customize, and visualize federal sentencing data for research, policymaking, and sentencing purposes.
IDA presents annual data that is refreshed periodically with the latest information collected, received, and edited by the Commission.
(January 2023) This publication assesses recent trends in federal sentencing for simple possession of marijuana, as well as how prior sentences for simple possession affect criminal history calculations under the guidelines.
(August 2022) This publication summarizes the history of the organizational guidelines, several decades of trend analysis, and the impact of Chapter Eight beyond federal sentencing.
(August 2022) This comprehensive study provides information on the prevalence of robbery offenses and how they were committed—including who was robbed, what was taken, the use of physical force, the use of a weapon, and whether any victim was injured during the robbery.
(March 2023) The preliminary data in these reports present selected quarterly sentencing information submitted to the Commission by the U.S. Courts.
(December 2022) This report provides an analysis of the compassionate release motions filed with the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(September 2022) These annual reports provide data on the frequency of application of specific guidelines, including increases for aggravating factors and decreases for mitigating factors.
(August 2022) When possible, the Commission performs prison and sentencing impact assessments as part of its consideration of amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and when requested by Congress.
(August 2022) These reports present data on federal cases in which a motion for a reduced sentence was considered as a result of a federal statute or an amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines.
(April 2022) These reports compare FY 2021 federal sentencing statistics for each judicial district, judicial circuit, and state to the nation as a whole.
- (August 2022) In fiscal year 2021, there were 141 securities and investment fraud offenders sentenced under the guidelines. The number of securities and investment fraud offenders has decreased by 38.7% since fiscal year 2017.
- (August 2022) In fiscal year 2021, there were 58 mortgage fraud offenders sentenced in the federal system. The number of mortgage fraud offenders has decreased by 69.9% since fiscal year 2017.
The Commission's individual datafiles provide information on the sentences imposed in cases involving individuals. In these datafiles the individual is the unit of analysis. These datafiles do not contain information from the Commission's Organizational, Resentencing, or Appeals Databases.
The Commission's organizational datafiles provide information on the sentences imposed in cases involving organizational offenders (i.e., corporations, partnerships, and other entities having a legal existence separate from the individuals having an interest in them).
Commission datafiles that are used in various reports to Congress. These datafiles may contain information collected during a special coding project performed for a particular report and, therefore, will not be available in the Commission's fiscal year datafiles.
(March 2017) This report is submitted to Congress pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 994(w)(3) regarding the compliance of the federal district courts with the documentation submission requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 994(w)(1).
(July 2016) This report presents findings of the Commission's multi-year study of statutory and guideline definitions relating to the nature of a defendant’s prior conviction and the impact of such definitions on the relevant statutory and guideline provisions.
(June 2016) This report is submitted to Congress pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 994(w)(3) regarding the compliance of the federal district courts with the documentation submission requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 994(w)(1).