U.S. Sentencing Commission
- An agency within the judicial branch that was established in 1984, with the key responsibility of designing sentencing policies and methods for federal courts. This commission issues guidance on the suitable type and intensity of punishments for individuals found guilty of federal crimes. It also assesses the impact of these sentencing policies on the criminal justice system, offers suggestions to Congress on changes or development of laws related to criminal law and sentencing, and performs research on sentencing, protection, and related areas
- The U.S. Sentencing Commission issued new guidance about the severity of punishment for federal crimes.
- After analyzing the impact of sentencing policies, the U.S. Sentencing Commission suggested modifications to Congress.
- The U.S. Sentencing Commission conducted research into sentencing, protection, and other related issues.