• (June 23, 2017) The Commission has published to the Federal Register a proposed set of policy priorities for the amendment year ending May 1, 2018. The Commission will accept public comment on proposed priorities through July 31, 2017. 

  • (June 23, 2017) As part of its continuing work on this priority, the Commission is requesting public comment on issues related to MDMA/Ecstasy and methylone, one of the synthetic cathinones included in the Commission’s two-year study.  Public comment will be accepted through August 7, 2017

  • (June 23, 2017) The Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group is seeking applicants for two circuit memberships (Sixth and Seventh Circuits) and one at-large membership. Application materials should be received by the Commission not later than August 25, 2017.

  • (June 22, 2017) This data report presents sentencing trends on federal offenders sentenced through the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. This data is preliminary and subject to change as the Commission collects, analyzes, and reports on additional cases throughout the fiscal year.

  • (May 26, 2017) This report presents information on offenders aged 25 or younger at the time of sentencing, including their demographic and offense characteristics, the extent of their prior criminal record, and their likelihood of recidivism. 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.

  • (April 18, 2017) At a public hearing, the Commission received testimony on alternatives to incarceration programs in the federal court system. The Commission also received testimony from experts on synthetic drugs, including their chemical structure, pharmacological effects, trafficking patterns, and community impact. Read Acting Chair Pryor's remarks

About the Commission

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1984 to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.

The Commission collects, analyzes, and distributes a broad array of information on federal sentencing practices, continuously establishing and amending sentencing guidelines for the judicial branch and assisting the other branches in developing effective and efficient crime policy. Learn the basics of federal sentencing.


 

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Non-U.S. Citizen Federal Offenders

    (June 20, 2017) Non-U.S. citizens accounted for 41.7% of all federal offenders sentenced in fiscal year 2016. These offenders were mostly commonly sentenced for illegal reentry (62.8%). 

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Offenders in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

    (June 7, 2017) There were 164,598 offenders serving a sentence for a federal conviction in the Bureau of Prisons, most commonly for drug offenses (48.1%).

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Drug Trafficking Offenders

    (June 5, 2017) This handout presents information on the 19,222 federal drug trafficking offenders sentenced in fiscal year 2016.

  • Research and Data
    Youthful Offenders in the Federal System

    (May 26, 2017) This report presents information on offenders age 25 or younger at sentencing, including their federal offenses, criminal histories, and likelihood of recidivism.

  • Research and Data
    Retroactivity Data for 2014 Drug Amendment

    (May 10, 2017) This report provides information on motions for a reduced sentence pursuant to the retroactive application of Amendment 782, which reduced the drug quantity table by two levels.

2017-2018 Amendment Cycle

  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • final amendments
  • Federal Register Notice

    June 22, 2017

    The Commission has proposed priorities for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2018 and has requested public comment.


    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before July 31, 2017. 


    82 FR 28381

  • Federal Register Notice

    June 22, 2017

    As part of its continuing work on this priority, the Commission is publishing this request for public comment on issues related to MDMA/Ecstasy and methylone, one of the synthetic cathinones included in the Commission's study. 


    Public comment should be received by the Commission on or before August 7, 2017.


    82 FR 28382

Quick Facts

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Speeches & Testimony

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