The Maryland General Assembly created the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP) in 1999 as an independent agency to support fair and proportional sentencing policy and to monitor the State's voluntary sentencing guidelines for criminal cases sentenced in the circuit courts. The MSCCSP is responsible for collecting and automating the sentencing guidelines worksheets, maintaining the sentencing guidelines database, monitoring circuit court sentencing practice, adopting changes to the guidelines consistent with the sentencing practices of Maryland circuit court judges, and providing training and orientation to criminal justice practitioners who apply the sentencing guidelines.


July 1, 2019

An updated version of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS, version 8.0) was released for immediate use. What's New in MAGS 8.0 describes these updates.

The MSCCSP is pleased to announce the appointment of the Delegate Charles E. Sydnor to the Commission.

The MSCCSP released Version 11.0 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). For additional details, see the July 2019 edition of the Guidelines E-News.