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.
July 1, 2016
The revisions to rows IV and V of the sentencing matrix for drug offenses were adopted in the Code of Maryland Regulations effective July 1, 2016. The revisions are intended to more accurately reflect sentencing practices, while also maintaining proportionality across rows and columns of the matrix. For additional details on the revisions, please see Vol. 11, No 2 of the Guidelines E-News.