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.
JRA-Related Guidelines Revisions to be Adopted October 1, 2017
The MSCCSP reviewed the penalty structure revisions pursuant to the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA, Chapter 515 of the Laws of Maryland) and approved proposed revisions to the sentencing guidelines corresponding to the statutory JRA-related penalty revisions. The proposed revisions to the sentencing guidelines are expected to be adopted effective October 1, 2017 to correspond with the JRA statutory enactment dates. However, given the breadth of the changes and the general widespread expected impact, the MSCCSP decided to share the proposed revisions in advance of their enactment date. Click HERE to review the penalty structure revisions pursuant to the JRA and the corresponding proposed revisions to the sentencing guidelines.