What's New in Federal Sentencing?

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October 30, 2019

What's New in Federal Sentencing?


First Step Act Data

As of September 30, a total of 1,987 federal offenders were resentenced as a result of the retroactive crack cocaine penalty reduction under the First Step Act of 2018.

View the latest data report.

Insider Express

Insider Express

Fall 2019 Edition

Just launched! Click through the interactive Insider Express newsletter brought to you by the Office of Education and Sentencing Practice. 

In this edition, readers can take a closer look at the following topics:

  • 2018 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics
  • 2018 First Step Act
  • HelpLine Calls
  • New Supreme Court Decisions
  • Recidivism Among Federal Firearms Offenders Report
  • Guideline Training and Resources

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Quick Facts

Quick Facts on Sex Offenses

Two new Quick Facts were recently published on the following offenses: 


2018_Guidelines Manual

2018 Guidelines Manual Remains In Effect

In 2019, the Commission did not pass amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. The 2018 Manual remains in effect. 

You can access the guidelines online through the following resources:

Provides quick and direct access to the amendment history and reasons for amendment. 

Provides full mobile-friendly access to the manual and drug equivalency calculators.

New editions of the Guidelines Manual will not be distributed, so take good care of any hard copies!

Case Law Quarterly 2019 3rd Qtr

Case Law Quarterly 

Current Edition: Volume 3, Issue 3 

(July - September 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.

Access the Case Law Quarterly series.