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.


December 1, 2017

The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect: (1) the addition of methamphetamine as an example of a Schedule I through V non-narcotic drug with a seriousness category classification IV for distribution, PWID, and manufacture; (2) classification of new and amended offenses passed during the 2017 Legislative Session; and (3) updated to the statutory code source for motor vehicle offenses pursuant to the recodification of these laws in SB 165, Chapter 55. Please review the December 2017 edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details.