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.


November 12, 2019

The MSCCSP invites public comment on criminal sentencing policy-related issues at its annual public comments hearing to be held at 5:00 pm on December 10, 2019. Those who wish to speak at the public hearing should register and submit written comments to by 4:30 pm on December 6, 2019.