About the Commission

The 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.

 

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Economic Crime

    (August 9, 2016) The Commission recently released four new Quick Facts on various types of economic crime, including tax fraud and counterfeiting offenses.

  • Research and Data
    Retroactivity Data for 2014 Drug Amendment

    (August 3, 2016) 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....

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Career Offenders

    (July 26, 2016) Learn more about "Career Offenders," or persons who commit a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime after two prior felony convictions for those crimes.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Firearms Offenses

    (July 22, 2016) The Commission released two new Quick Facts on Firearms Offenses, including 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) and 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) offenses.

  • Research and Data
    Quick Facts on Native American Offenders

    (July 19, 2016) The Commission released new Quick Facts on Native American Offenders in the federal system. Tribal issues are one of the commission's proposed priorities for the upcoming year. 

2016-2017 Amendment Cycle

  • proposed priorities
  • final priorities
  • proposed amendments
  • final amendments
  • Meetings and Hearings

    August 18, 2016

    A public meeting of the Commission is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission. Video of the event is available.

  • Public Comment

    July 25, 2016

    Public Comment Received on Proposed Priorities
    (81 FR 37241)

    The Commission received public comment on proposed priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle.

  • Meetings and Hearings

    July 21, 2016

    A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This hearing will be streamed live.

     

    The Commission will receive testimony from members of the Tribal Issues Advisory Group (TIAG) on its final tribal issues report.

  • Federal Register Notice

    June 09, 2016

    The Commission is seeking comment on possible priority policy issues for the amendment cycle ending May 1, 2017 (81 FR 37241).


    Deadline: July 25, 2016.


    Download the Notice

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 18, 2016

    The Commission has decided to establish a standing Tribal Issues Advisory Group and invites eligible applicants to apply for membership.

    Download the Notice

  • Press Release

    August 18, 2016

     

    U.S. Sentencing Commission announces its list of 2016-2017 policy priorities. 

  • Federal Register Notice

    August 18, 2016

    After reviewing public comment, the Commission has identified its policy priorities for the upcoming amendment cycle.

    Download the Notice