The Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP) was created to support fair and proportional sentencing policy, increase equity in criminal sentencing practice, and to promote increased visibility and aid public understanding of the sentencing process. The MSCCSP is responsible for oversight of the state's voluntary sentencing guidelines, collecting sentencing guidelines worksheets, maintaining the sentencing guidelines database, monitoring circuit court sentencing practice, adopting changes to the guidelines consistent with legislative intent when necessary, and providing training and orientation to criminal justice practitioners who apply the sentencing guidelines.


October 30, 2015

The MSCCSP has approved tentatively, but not officially, certain changes to the cell ranges of existing Sentencing Matrix for Drug Offenses. The Commission invites public comment on those changes and an alternate proposal for revised cell ranges. The details of both proposals are available at: The MSCCSP should receive written public comment regarding the tentative amendment and/or the alternate proposed amendment by no later than December 4, 2015.