News and Information Archive

2015

  • December 1, 2015:  The St. Mary's County Circuit Court began utilization of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after December 1, 2015. 
  • October 30, 2015:  The MSCCSP has approved tentatively, but not officially, certain changes to the cell ranges of existing Sentencing Matrix for Drug Offenses. The Commission invites public comment on those changes and an alternate proposal for revised cell ranges. The MSCCSP will receive comment at the December 8, 2015 public hearing. The details of both proposals are available at: http://www.msccsp.org/About/Meetings. The MSCCSP should receive written public comment regarding the tentative amendment and/or the alternate proposed amendment by no later than December 4, 2015.
  • October 5, 2015:  The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Governor Larry Hogan appointed Brian D. Johnson to a four-year term as a member of the Commission. Dr. Johnson was appointed to represent the criminal justice/corrections policy expert position. 
  • October 1, 2015:  The Prince George's County Circuit Court began utilization of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after October 1, 2015. For more information on the MAGS application, please visit the MAGS page of the MSCCSP website.
  • August 19, 2015:  The Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. was appointed Chair of the MSCCSP by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan. Additionally, Governor Hogan appointed Frederick County Circuit Court Administrator Barbara Dorsey Domer to one of the two public representative positions on the MSCCSP. Finally, Governor Hogan also reappointed Commissioners LaMonte Cooke and Richard Finci. Each of these appointments was for a term of four years from July 1, 2015.
  • July 1, 2015:  Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera appointed the Honorable Shannon E. Avery, Baltimore City Circuit Court, as the Circuit Court judicial representative for the MSCCSP.
  • July 1, 2015:  The Charles County Circuit Court began utilization of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after July 1, 2015. For more information on the MAGS application, please visit the MAGS page of the MSCCSP website.
  • June 1, 2015:  The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect minor edits to the table.  Most of the edits involve adding CJIS codes for the new and revised offenses passed during the 2014 Legislative Session. 
  • June 1, 2015:  The MSCCSP released an updated version (4.0) of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS). Please review What's New in MAGS 4.0 for a detailed discussion of the MAGS 4.0 updates.  
  • March 20, 2015:  Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 42, Issue 6). Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through April 20, 2015. 
  • March 9, 2015:  The MSCCSP is pleased to announce the hiring of Katharine B. Pembroke as the staff Administrative/Training Coordinator. Katharine brings 7+ years of increasingly responsible experience in the criminal justice field as a former Parole and Probation agent and correctional specialist. Katharine completed an internship at the MSCCSP in 2008, while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, so it is particularly fulfilling to welcome her back. 
  • March 2, 2015:  The Frederick County Circuit Court began utilization of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after March 2, 2015. For more information on the MAGS application, please visit the MAGS page of the MSCCSP website.
  • February 1, 2015:  The MSCCSP released Version 7.0 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). A detailed review of the updates to the MSGM is available in the February 2015 edition of the Guidelines E-News.  
  • January 26, 2015:  The MSCCSP released its 2014 annual report which details the activities of the Commission over the past year and provides an overview of circuit court sentencing practices for fiscal year 2014.  

2014

  • December 9, 2014:  The MSCCSP hosted its annual Public Comments Hearing on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building at 11 Bladen Street in Annapolis, MD.  The hearing was held in the William Amoss Committee Room (4th floor).     
  • December 1, 2014:  The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect new and amended offenses passed during the 2014 Legislative Session.  All of these updates are reviewed in more detail in the December 2014 edition of the Guidelines E-News. 
  • November 14, 2014:  Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 41, Issue 23).  Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through December 15, 2014. 
  • September 26, 2014:  The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera appointed the Honorable James P. Salmon, Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 4th Appellate Circuit as the Appellate Court representative for the Commission.  Additionally, Chief Judge Barbera appointed the Honorable Patrice E. Lewis, Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, Prince George's County as the Commission's District Court representative. 
  • September 5, 2014:  Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 41, Issue 18).  Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through October 6, 2014. 
  • June 2, 2014:  The Calvert County Circuit Court began utilization of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) on June 2, 2014. 
  • April 1, 2014:  The MSCCSP revised the guidelines offense table to reflect minor updates to the table, including updated CJIS codes.
  • January 30, 2014:  The MSCCSP released its 2013 annual report which details the activities of the Commission over the past year and provides an overview of circuit court sentencing practices for fiscal year 2013. 
  • January 24, 2014:  Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 41, Issue 2).  Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through February 24, 2014. 
  • January 8, 2014:  An updated version of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) was released for immediate use in the Montgomery County Circuit Court.  MAGS 3.0 provides improvements requested by MAGS users during the pilot period and also provides additional enhancements identified by the MSCCSP.  Click HERE for a more detailed review of the MAGS 3.0 updates.  

2013

  • December 27, 2013:  Governor Martin O'Malley appointed the Honorable Andrew L. Sonner as the criminal justice/corrections policy expert for the MSCCSP for the remainder of a term of four years through June 30, 2017.
  • December 10, 2013:  Due to inclement weather, the public comments hearing and MSCCSP meeting scheduled for December 10, 2013 were cancelled.  
  • November 19, 2013:  The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Commissioners Joseph Cassilly, Paul Enzinna, and Laura Martin for another term of four years from June 30, 2017. 
  • November 1, 2013:  The MSCCSP revised the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM) to include the definition of a sentencing event and to expand instructions on retroactive completion of the sentencing guidelines worksheet.  The Guidelines Offense Table was also updated to reflect new and amended offenses passed during the 2013 Legislative Session.  All of these updates are reviewed in more detail in the November 2013 edition of the Guidelines E-News. 
  • August 23, 2013:  Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 40, Issue 17).  Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through September 23, 2013. 
  • April 15, 2013:  The MSCCSP released a new version of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM).  A detailed review of the updates to the MSGM is available in the latest edition of the Guidelines E-News
  • April 15, 2013:  An updated version of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System was released for immediate use in the Montgomery County Circuit Court.  MAGS 2.0 addresses issues identified by MAGS users during the initial MAGS pilot period and provides additional enhancements recommended by the MSCCSP. Click HERE for a more detailed review of the MAGS 2.0 updates.   
  • April 1, 2013:  The MSCCSP revised the guidelines offense table to reflect: (1) the addition of Affray to the list of offenses under Disturbing the Peace, Disorderly Conduct and Related Crimes; and (2) minor updates to the table, including updated CJIS codes.
  • January 30, 2013:  The MSCCSP released its 2012 annual report which details the activities of the Commission over the past year and provides an overview of circuit court sentencing practices for fiscal year 2012. 
  • January 25, 2013:  The MSCCSP submitted proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines that were published in the January 25, 2013 issue of the Maryland Register

2012

  • December 11, 2012:  The MSCCSP held its annual public comments hearing on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 6:15pm in the Judiciary Committee Hearing Room at the House Office Building in Annapolis, MD.     
  • November 1, 2012:  The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect new and amended offenses passed during the 2012 Legislative Session.  Additionally, the MSCCSP released a revised Sentencing Guidelines Worksheet and an updated Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual, which includes revisions to the computation of the Prior Adult Criminal Record regarding medical marijuana convictions.  The November 2012 Guidelines E-News provides a complete review of all the updates.  
  • August 10, 2012:  The MSCCSP submitted proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines that were published in the August 10, 2012 issue of the Maryland Register.  Public comments on the proposed amendments were accepted through September 10, 2012. 
  • May 8, 2012:  The Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) pilot project began in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on May 8, 2012.  For more information on the MAGS application, please visit the MAGS page of the MSCCSP website.  
  • March 1, 2012:  The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect new and amended offenses passed during the 2011 Legislative Session and other minor edits.  The March 1, 2012 edition of the Guidelines E-News provides a review of the updates.  
  • February 10, 2012:  The MSCCSP released its 2011 annual report which details the activities of the Commission over the past year and provides an overview of circuit court sentencing practices for fiscal year 2011. 

2011

  • December 15, 2011:  Governor Martin O'Malley appointed LaMonte E. Cooke as the local correctional facility representative for the MSCCSP for the remainder of a term of four years from July 1, 2011.  Mr. Cooke is the Director of Correctional Services for the Queen Anne's County Department of Corrections. 
  • September 7, 2011:  The Speaker of the Maryland House, Michael E. Busch reappointed Commissioners Curtis S. Anderson and Joseph F. Vallario for another term of four years from July 1, 2011.
  • August 8, 2011:  The Honorable Diane O. Leasure was appointed Chair of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP) by Governor Martin O'Malley.  The Governor also reappointed Commissioners James Anthenelli, Marcus Brown, Richard Finci, and Bernard Foster for a term of four years from July 1, 2011.
  • June 1, 2011:  The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect: (1) the addition of oxycodone and methadone to the list of drugs provided as examples under CDS distribution with maximum penalty 20Y and seriousness category IIIB; (2) the addition of buprenorphine to the list of drugs provided as examples under CDS distribution with maximum penalty 5Y and seriousness category IV; and (3) minor edits to the table, including updated CJIS codes. Click HERE for a review of the updates. 

2009 - 2010

  • December 20, 2010:  The MSCCSP updated the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual to reference two recent Maryland Court of Appeals decisions.  Click HERE for a review of the update.
  • August 2-4, 2009: The MSCCSP hosted the 2009 annual conference of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC). The conference was held August 2-4, 2009 in Baltimore at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Please visit the conference website to view the agenda, download copies of the speakers' presentations, and see photos from the conference.