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.


April 1, 2020

The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect (1) classification of a new offense passed during the 2019 Legislative Session (commit a crime of violence against another person when the person knows or believes that the other person is pregnant); (2) addition of CJIS codes for a number of offenses; and (3) minor edits to the table. For additional details, see the April 2020 edition of the Guidelines E-News.

Due to the current restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the MSCCSP cannot access the necessary equipment to conduct a webinar. Accordingly, the guidelines training webinar scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020, has been POSTPONED. A new webinar date will be scheduled as soon as the restrictions are lifted.