The Commission establishes sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts. Each year, the Commission reviews and refines these policies in light of congressional action, decisions from courts of appeals, sentencing-related research, and input from the criminal justice community.
In this section, you can follow the Commission’s work through the amendment cycle as priorities are set, research is performed, testimony is heard, and amendments are adopted.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch that was created as part of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. Commissioners are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Attorney General, or the Attorney General’s designee, and the Chair of the U.S. Parole Commission serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the Commission.
In this section, learn about the Commission’s mission, structure, and ongoing work.
(May 2017) This publication presents information about youthful offenders (age 25 or younger for purposes of this report), including their demographic characteristics, what type of offenses they were sentenced for, how they were sentenced, and the extent of their criminal histories. The report also discusses the intersection of neuroscience and law, and how this intersection has influenced the treatment of youthful offenders in the criminal justice system.
Voting Members as of December 1, 2016 Hon. Ralph Erickson U.S. District Judge District of North Dakota Quentin N. Burdick United States Courthouse 655 First Avenue North, Suite 410 Fargo, ND 58102 (Chair) Term: 2016–2019 Wendy Bremner (Blackfeet Nation) Victim Specialist Bureau of Indian Affairs National Victim Assistance Program 531 SE Boundary St. #164 PO Box 1490 Browning, MT 59417 (At-Large...