The VAG was established by the U.S. Sentencing Commission as a standing advisory group to the Commission. According to their website, the mission of the U.S. Sentencing Commission is:
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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.
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To learn more about the United States Sentencing Commission, visit ussc.gov/, and to learn more about the Victims Advisory Group, visit: ussc.gov/advisory-groups/victims-advisory-group.