skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 210611 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: United States Sentencing Commission Annual Report 2003
Corporate Author: US Sentencing Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: US Sentencing Cmssn
Washington, DC 20002
Sale Source: US Sentencing Cmssn
1 Columbus Circle, NE
Suite 2-500, South Lobby
Washington, DC 20002
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 2003 Annual Report of the U.S. Sentencing Commission reviews amendments and policy decisions regarding sentencing guidelines, Federal courts' decisions on sentencing issues, sentencing-guideline training and education, and research.
Abstract: Guideline amendments that became effective on November 1, 2002, provided sentencing increases or expanded coverage for a number of offenses, including terrorism, cultural-heritage resource offenses, drug offenses, money laundering, sex-trafficking offenses, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In January 2003, the Commission voted unanimously to significantly increase penalties for corporate fraud and other serious white-collar fraud offenses. The PROTECT Act enacted April 30, 2003, directed the Commission to promulgate, within 180 days, guideline amendments that would ensure the incidence of downward guideline departures is substantially reduced. On May 1, 2003, the Commission sent to Congress a package of guideline amendments that would increase sentencing or expand coverage for a number of offenses, including white-collar frauds, terrorism, cybercrime, oxycodone trafficking, campaign finance offenses, and manslaughter. The amendment became effective November 1, 2003. One chapter of this report summarizes some of the more significant sentencing-related issues decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal courts of appeals during fiscal year 2003. A chapter on guideline training and education addresses the features of the Commission's Internet Web site, public information activities, publications and training materials, and training activities conducted over the year. The chapter on Commission research addresses statutory requirements; document submission; data collection; and a summary of 2003 research findings in the areas of sentencing individual offenders, organizational sentencing practices, appeals data, the Government Accountability Office Report, and data analyses for the courts and the U.S. Congress. 52 notes
Main Term(s): Federal courts
Index Term(s): Appellate court decisions; Federal legislation; Federal sentencing guidelines; Research programs; Sentencing commissions; US Sentencing Commission; US Supreme Court decisions
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.