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.


September 16, 2019

The MSCCSP is pleased to welcome Sheriff Troy D. Berry, Margaret Knipe, and Lisa M. Spicknall-Horner as the newest members of the Commission. Governor Lawrence J. Hogan appointed Sheriff Berry as the law enforcement representative, Ms. Knipe as the victim's advocacy group representative, and Ms. Spicknall-Horner as one of the two public representatives.

September 13, 2019

The Honorable Brett R. Wilson was appointed Chair of the MSCCSP by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan. Additionally, Governor Hogan appointed Melinda C. Grenier as the local correctional facility representative. Finally, Governor Hogan also reappointed Commissioner Richard Finci as the criminal defense attorney representative. Each of these appointments was for a term of four years from July 1, 2019.