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.


June 1, 2018

Following a study of the juvenile delinquency score component of the Maryland sentencing guidelines' offender score, conducted by the MSCCSP, in partnership with the Maryland Data Analysis Center (MDAC), the MSCCSP voted to revise the juvenile delinquency score. The revisions will be adopted in COMAR effective July 1, 2018. 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 June 2018 edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details.