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 1, 2018

The Circuit Court for Howard County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after October 1, 2018.

The MSCCSP invites public comment on criminal sentencing policy-related issues at its annual public comments hearing to be held at 5:00 pm on December 11, 2018. Those who wish to speak at the public hearing should register and submit written comments to by 4:30 pm on December 7, 2018.