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Newly Released Sentencing Data
Today the U.S. Sentencing Commission published its 2018 Annual Report and Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics.
The Annual Report presents an overview of the Commission’s work in fiscal year 2018. The Sourcebook was expanded this year to include more analyses of drug and immigration offenses, as well as new sections on firearms and economic offenses to give readers more complete information about the most frequently occurring federal crimes.
The Sourcebook contains information collected from 321,000 federal sentencing documents on 69,425 federal offenders.
- The federal sentencing caseload increased by 2,552 cases from fiscal year 2017, representing the first increase since fiscal year 2011.
- Immigration offenses accounted for the largest single group of federal crime—a position held by drug offenses in fiscal year 2017.
- Immigration offenses increased from 30.5% in fiscal year 2017 to 34.4% in fiscal year 2018 while drug and firearms offenses decreased.
- Methamphetamine offenses, the most common drug type in the federal system, continued to rise (up from 30.8% of drug offenses in fiscal year 2016 and 34.6% in fiscal year 2017 to 39.8% in fiscal year 2018).
- 75% of federal offenders were sentenced under the Guidelines Manual in fiscal year 2018.