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.
April 1, 2018
The MSCCSP released Version 9.2 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 9.2 includes a policy statement that encourages judges to consider at sentencing evidence-based or innovative alternatives to incarceration that are appropriate for defendants based on their specific risks and needs. MSGM 9.2 also includes an updated Guidelines Offense Table to reflect the addition of CJIS codes for offenses amended by the Justice Reinvestment Act and for new and amended offenses passed during the 2017 Legislative Session. Please review the April 2018 edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details.
April 1, 2018
The Circuit Court for Wicomico County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after April 1, 2018.