What's New in Federal Sentencing?

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September 26, 2019

What's New in Federal Sentencing?

Research Notes 1&2

Research Note, Issue 2

Analyzing Federal Sentence Length & Type

(Published Sept. 26) - The second issue of Research Notes explains how the Commission collects and reports information on the sentences imposed on individual offenders, and describes analytical issues that may arise when using the data.

Find the full series here. 

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First Step Act Data

Through July of this year, a total of 1,674 federal offenders were resentenced as a result of the retroactive crack cocaine penalty reduction under the First Step Act of 2018.

Here are a few additional data points from the report: 

  • 4.2% of offenders who received sentence reductions had little or no prior criminal history.

  • 57% were deemed career offenders at the time of sentencing. 

  • For 42.1% of offenders, a weapon factored into their original sentence.

Find the full report here.

Quick Facts 

The Commission continues to update its series of Quick Facts handouts with new data.  Some of the more recently updated Quick Facts include:
Quick Facts publications give readers basic facts about a single area of federal crime in an easy-to-read, two-page format. The Commission releases new Quick Facts periodically. An example of data provided in these handouts is shown below: 
Quick Facts on BOP Offenders - 2019

2020 National Seminar  |  Chicago, IL

Save the Date 2

Thank You & Save the Date

Thank you to the nearly 900 probation officers, practitioners, and others who attended the National Training Seminar this September. 

Save the date!  The Commission will hold its 2020 National Seminar from September 1-4, 2020 at the Hilton Chicago (720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605). Registration will open in the Spring. 

We hope to see you there!

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Fiscal Year 2019 Data

View the latest preliminary sentencing data on offenders sentenced during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). 

Find Quarterly Data here. 

Case Law Quarterly April - June 2019

Case Law Quarterly

Current Edition: Volume 3, Issue 2 

(April - June 2019)

Case Law Quarterly provides brief summaries of select appellate court decisions issued each quarter of the year that involve the guidelines and other aspects of federal sentencing.

Find the Case Law Quarterly series here.

The list of cases and the summaries are not intended to be comprehensive. Instead, this document summarizes only a few of the relevant cases, focusing on selected sentencing topics that may be of current interest.