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IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS AT THE SENTENCING COMMISSION

Sentencing Commission Adopts Amendment to the "Crimes of Violence" Definition in Guideline § 4B1.2:  Among other changes, the amendment strikes burglary of a dwelling from the crimes of violence definition and deletes the residual clause. View all of the changes to § 4B1.2 in this Official Text of Crime of Violence Amendment.  The new amendment will take effect August 1, 2016.  For more on the Amendment see the Sentencing Commission's press release.

Sentencing Commission Issues Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for the 2015-2016 Amendment Cycle: The proposed amendments include § 2L1.2, alien smuggling, child porn distribution with file sharing programs, age and vulnerable victim enhancements, conditions of probation and supervised release, animal fighting, compassionate release and other miscellaneous amendments. View the Sentencing Commission's press release for more information.

Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines Take Effect:  On November 1, 2015, amendments to the sentencing guidelines took effect.  The 2015 Guidelines Manual is now available online, and an interactive guide to the amendments is available through the Sentencing Commission's website.   

For an overview of the most relevant changes, see this Summary of 2015 Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines by National Sentencing Resource Counsel.

Defender Recommendations to Sentencing Commission: The Federal Defender community frequently submits written comments to the USSC on a variety of matters, including proposed amendments to the guidelines. These submissions, which may provide ideas for challenging guideline sentences, can be accessed on our Defender Recommendations to Sentencing Commission page.