United States Sentencing Commission

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The United States Sentencing Commission develops sentencing guidelines and policies for the Federal court system. The United States Sentencing Commission was established as an independent agency in the judicial branch of the Federal Government by the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 (28 U. S. C. 991 et seq. and 18 U. S. C. 3551 et seq. ). The Commission establishes sentencing guidelines and policies for the Federal courts, advising them of the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of Federal crimes.

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