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.
July 1, 2020
The MSCCSP released Version 12.2 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM) and corresponding updates to the list of offenses in the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS). MSGM 12.2 clarifies the instructions for scoring the prior adult criminal record component of the offender score to indicate that certain military adjudications shall not be scored. Additionally, MSGM 12.2 classifies conspiracy to commit a lawful act by unlawful means. Next, MAGS was updated to add a unique entry for CDS distribution, PWID, manufacture, etc.-Fentanyl to the list of offenses. Finally, three offenses with a maximum penalty of one year or less were added to the Guidelines Offense Table and the the list of offenses in MAGS. Please see the July 2020 edition of the Guidelines E-News for additional details about each of these updates.
June 17, 2020
The MSCCSP is pleased to welcome Alethea P. Miller to the Commission. Governor Lawrence J. Hogan appointed Ms. Miller as the victim's advocacy group representative for the remainder of a term of four years from July 1, 2017.