News and Information

2019

  • April 8, 2019: The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after April 8, 2019.
  • March 29, 2019: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 46, Issue 7). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through April 29, 2019. 
  • March 1, 2019:  The MSCCSP released Version 10.2 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 10.2 clarifies that cases adjudicated in juvenile court are excluded from guidelines coverage.
  • February 4, 2019: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce the appointment of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee Chair Luke H. Clippinger to the Commission. The Speaker of the House, Michael E. Busch, appointed Delegate Clippinger to fill one of the two MSCCSP House of Delegates positions.
  • January 28, 2019: The MSCCSP released its 2018 annual report. The annual report reviews the activities of the Commission over the past year and provides an overview of circuit court sentencing practices for fiscal year 2018.  
  • January 1, 2019: The Circuit Court for Carroll County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after January 1, 2019.

2018

  • December 7, 2018: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 45, Issue 25). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through January 7, 2019. 
  • November 5, 2018: The MSCCSP released Version 10.1 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 10.1 includes: (1) clarified instructions for scoring multiple prior convictions from a single criminal event; (2) clarified instructions for applying the multiple victim stacking rule in sentencing events involving multiple criminal events; and (3) an updated Guidelines Offense Table that reflects classification of new and amended offenses passed during the 2018 Legislative Session, as well as classification of one previously unclassified offense (providing an unlicensed loan).
  • October 1, 2018: The Circuit Court for Howard County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after October 1, 2018.
  • October 1, 2018: 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 11, 2018. Those who wish to speak at the public hearing should register and submit written comments to dsoule@umd.edu by 4:30 pm on December 7, 2018.
  • August 31, 2018: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 45, Issue 18). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through October 1, 2018. 
  • August 27, 2018: The MSCCSP is pleased to welcome Molly Triece, who is joining the MSCCSP staff as a Policy Analyst, Graduate Research Assistant. Molly is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.  
  • July 1, 2018: An updated version of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS, version 7.0) was released for immediate use. Please see What's New in MAGS 7.0 for a description of these updates.
  • July 1, 2018: The Circuit Court for Worcester County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after July 1, 2018.
  • July 1, 2018: The MSCCSP released Version 10.0 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 10.0 includes revisions to the juvenile delinquency scoring component of the offender score approved by the MSCCSP and adopted in COMAR effective July 1, 2018. For additional details on the juvenile delinquency score revisions, see the June 2018 edition of the Guidelines E-News. In addition to the juvenile delinquency score revisions, the new manual includes updated sample cases, an updated offense table (Appendix A), and a revision to one of the victim information items that involves changing "Victim Non-participation" to "Victim participation" following feedback from practitioners to phrase the item in the affirmative. Finally, the updated offense table reflects minor edits and the addition of a previously unclassified offense (EC, § 10-439--Purchase, sell, transfer, or obtain stem cell material donated in accordance with EC, § 10-438 for financial gain or advantage).
  • June 1, 2018:  Following a study of the juvenile delinquency score component of the Maryland sentencing guidelines' offender score, conducted by the MSCCSP, in partnership with the Maryland Data Analysis Center (MDAC), the MSCCSP voted to revise the juvenile delinquency score. The revisions will be adopted in COMAR effective July 1, 2018. Because guidelines are often calculated in advance of sentencing, this information is being shared with criminal justice practitioners one month prior to the effective date for the revisions. Please review the June 2018 edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details.
  • 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.
  • March 30, 2018: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 45, Issue 7). Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through April 30, 2018. 
  • February 1, 2018: The MSCCSP released an updated version (6.0) of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS). What's New in MAGS 6.0 provides a detailed description of these updates.  
  • January 30, 2018: The Maryland Data Analysis Center released its report providing an analysis of the scoring of juvenile delinquency history under the Maryland sentencing guidelines.
  • January 26, 2018: The MSCCSP released its 2017 annual report. The annual report reviews the activities of the Commission over the past year and provides an overview of circuit court sentencing practices for fiscal year 2017.  
  • January 5, 2018: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 45, Issue 1). Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through February 5, 2018. 
  • January 1, 2018: The Circuit Courts for Dorchester County and Somerset County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after January 1, 2018.

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