Commission Datafiles

Introduction

This page provides users with access to the Commission's annual and other special datafiles that support the Commission's research agenda. These datafiles exclude identifiers and provide fiscal year data for researchers interested in studying federal sentencing practices through quantitative methods. The Commission's individual and organizational datafiles may also be accessed through the University of Michigan's Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

 

The complexity of the federal sentencing guidelines, and by extension, federal sentencing data can lead researchers to make errors when using this data. Guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls can be found in the Office of Research and Data's presentation, "Effective Use of Federal Sentencing Data."

Available Sets of Datafiles

 

Individual Offender Datafiles

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.

*On May 24, 2018, the Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 datafiles were updated to resolve a technical issue with the downloadable zip file.  If you need assistance downloading or using these files, please contact AskORD@ussc.gov.

 

Datafiles (downloads are SAS and SPSS compatible)

 

Organizational (Corporate) Datafiles

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). In these datafiles the organization is the unit of analysis. These files contain no information on individual offenders even in cases in which individuals as well as organizations are prosecuted for the same offense. These datafiles do not contain information from the Commission's Individual, Resentencing, or Appeals Databases.

*On May 24, 2018, the Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 datafiles were updated to resolve a technical issue with the downloadable zip file.  If you need assistance downloading or using these files, please contact AskORD@ussc.gov.

 
 

Report Datafiles

The following Commission datafiles were 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.

 

Datafiles (downloads are SAS and SPSS compatible)

Application and Impact of 21 U.S.C § 851: Enhanced Penalties for Federal Drug Trafficking Offenders (2018)
This file contains the data used in the Commission’s report Application and Impact of 21 U.S.C § 851: Enhanced Penalties for Federal Drug Trafficking Offenders (2018). This data was taken from the Commission’s 2016 851 Datafile and its 2016 Criminal History Datafile. Information in those datafiles that was not used in this report are not included in the datafile below.

Report on the Continuing Impact of United States v. Booker on Federal Sentencing (2012)