United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual 2014

United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual 2014
United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual 2014
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Data collected by the Sentencing Commission reflect that organizations are sentenced for a wide range of crimes. The most commonly occurring offenses (in order of decreasing frequency) are fraud, environmental waste discharge, tax offenses, antitrust offenses, and food and drug violations. 

The organizational sentencing guidelines (which apply to corporations, partnerships, labor unions, pension funds, trusts, non-profit entities, and governmental units) became effective November 1, 1991, after several years of public hearings and analyses.

These guidelines are designed to further two key purposes of sentencing: “just punishment” and “deterrence.”  Under the “just punishment” model, the punishment corresponds to the degree of blameworthiness of the offender, while under the “deterrence” model, incentives are offered for organizations to detect and prevent crime.

The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch of government. Its principal purposes are: (1) to establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts, including guidelines to be consulted regarding the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes; (2) to advise and assist Congress and the executive branch in the development of effective and efficient crime policy; and (3) to collect, analyze, research, and distribute a broad array of information on federal crime and sentencing issues, serving as an information resource for Congress, the executive branch, the courts, criminal justice practitioners, the academic community, and the public
United States Sentencing Commission Members participants in this Manual and supplemental print materials include the following:
Patti B. Saris, Chair
Ricardo H. Hinojosa, Vice Chair
Charles R. Breyer, Vice Chair
Dabney L. Friedrich, Commissioner
Rachel E. Barkow, Commissioner
William H. Pryor, Jr, Commissioner
Jonathan J. Wroblewski, Commissioner, Ex-officio
Isaac Fulwood, Jr., Commissioner, Ex-officio
Biographies of theses individual members can be found here: http://www.ussc.gov/about/commissioners/about-commissioners

Table of Contents

This comprehensive manual consists of three individual print books shipped directly to the recipient with their order for this title. The main volume of the United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual covers an array of statutory topics.

• Chapter Two of this manual provides in-depth coverage of Offense Conduct violations. 
• Chapter Five covers Determining the Sentence to include a Sentencing Table, Probation, Imprisonment, Sentencing Options, Specific Offender Characteristics, and more.
• Chapter Six covers Sentencing Procedures, Plea Agreements, and Crime Victims’ Rights. 
• Chapter Seven showcases Violations of Probation and Supervised Release. 
• Chapter 8 provides information about the Sentencing of Organizations and includes a detailed section relating to fines – Determining and Implementing.

In addition to the United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual that incorporates guideline amendments effective November 1, 2014 and earlier, this manual contains eight (8) chapters plus an Appendix A and Index.      Appendix A covers a Statutory Index applicable to the statute of conviction.

Additionally, there are additional print books packaged with this main volume. The first print book covers Appendix B that contains the principal statutory provisions governing sentencing, the Sentencing Commission, and the drafting of sentencing guidelines, as of May 1, 2014. These statutory provisions are presented in this appendix solely for the purpose of providing a reference to federal sentencing law as it stands as of May 1, 2014. 

The last volume included in this shrinkwrapped shipment is the Supplement to Appendix C. This supplement to Appendix C presents amendments to the guidelines, policy statements, and official commentary effective November 1, 2012; November 1, 2013; and November 1, 2014.  The format under which the amendments are presented in Appendix C, including this supplement, is designed to facilitate a comparison between previously existing and amended provisions, in the event it becomes necessary to reference the former guidelines, policy statement, or commentary language.


Librarians, scholarly researchers, and attorneys representing clients charged with Federal offense violations will enjoy the alphabetical list of topics addressed in the Guidelines Manual and current regulations with their amendments.

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