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.


October 15, 2020

Members of the public are invited to address the MSCCSP regarding criminal sentencing policy issues in Maryland at its annual public comments hearing to be held at 5:00 pm on December 8, 2020. All who are interested in speaking are asked to register via the link by clicking HERE. Instructions for participation in the videoconference will be provided upon registration approval. All registered participants are asked to submit written testimony by December 5, 2020. Please submit written testimony to David Soulé, Executive Director of the Commission, at Registration is necessary only for those who wish to speak at the public hearing. Those who wish to simply observe may view the livestream via the MSCCSP YouTube channel.