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.
June 1, 2016
In anticipation of the pending revisions to rows IV and V of the sentencing matrix for drug offenses that will take effect July 1, 2016, the MSCCSP released an updated version (8.0) of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). Please review Volume 11, Issue 2 of the Guidelines E-News for further description of the pending revisions to the sentencing matrix for drug offenses.
The MSCCSP released an updated version (5.0) of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS). Please review What's New in MAGS 5.0 for a detailed discussion of the MAGS 5.0 updates.