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.


September 1, 2017

The MSCCSP voted to modify the seriousness categories for select drug, property, and person offenses with revised penalties pursuant to the the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA, Chapter 515 of the Laws of Maryland 2016). The revisions will be adopted in COMAR effective October 1, 2017, coinciding with the effective date for the JRA penalty revisions, and should be used for cases sentenced on or after this date. Because guidelines are often calculated in advance of sentencing, this information is being shared with criminal justice practitioners one month prior to the effective date for the revisions. Please review the September 1, 2017, edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details on these pending revisions.