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  • December 1, 2017: The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense table to reflect: (1) the addition of methamphetamine as an example of a Schedule I through V non-narcotic drug with a seriousness category classification IV for distribution, PWID, and manufacture; (2) classification of new and amended offenses passed during the 2017 Legislative Session; and (3) updates to the statutory code for motor vehicle offenses pursuant to the recodification of these laws in SB 165, Chapter 55. Please review the December 2017 edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details.
  • November 2, 2017: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Governor Larry J. Hogan appointed William (Willy) E. Koutroumpis to a four-year term as a member of the Commission. Mr. Koutroumpis was appointed as one of the two public representatives on the MSCCSP. Governor Hogan also reappointed Commissioners Brian DeLeonardo, Laura Martin, and Brian Johnson. Each of these appointments was for a term of four years from July 1, 2017. 
  • October 10, 2017: The MSCCSP seeks comment on proposed changes to the juvenile delinquency score instructions. The MSCCSP voted to amend the juvenile delinquency score by clarifying instructions in the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual and COMAR, adopting a five-year lookback window, and adopting an alternative scoring system. The MSCCSP invites public comment on these changes at the December 11, 2017, Public Comments Hearing. Those who wish to speak at the public hearing should register and submit written comments by 4:30pm on December 8, 2017. 
  • October 1, 2017: The MSCCSP adopted revised seriousness categories for select drug, property, and person offenses consistent with revised penalties pursuant to the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA), effective October 1, 2017. A detailed summary of the JRA-related sentencing guidelines and select criminal penalty changes is available HERE.
  • October 1, 2017: The MSCCSP released Version 9.0 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). A detailed review of the updates to the MSGM is available in the October 2017 edition of the Guidelines E-News. 
  • October 1, 2017: The Circuit Courts for Kent County and Queen Anne's County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after October 1, 2017. 
  • September 1, 2017: The MSCCSP voted to modify the seriousness categories for select drug, property, and person offenses with revised penalties pursuant to the the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA, Chapter 515 of the Laws of Maryland 2016). The revisions will be adopted in COMAR effective October 1, 2017, coinciding with the effective date for the JRA penalty revisions, and should be used for cases sentenced on or after this date. 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 September 1, 2017, edition of the Guidelines E-News for further details on these pending revisions.
  • September 1, 2017: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 44, Issue 18). Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through October 2, 2017. 
  • July 7, 2017: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 44, Issue 14). Much of the proposed revisions are related to the corresponding penalty changes that will be enacted on October 1, 2017 pursuant to the Justice Reinvestment Act (Chapter 515 of the Laws of Maryland/2016). Public comments on the proposed revisions were accepted through August 7, 2017. 
  • July 1, 2017: The Circuit Courts for Caroline County and Talbot County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after July 1, 2017. 
  • April 2, 2017, In Memoriam: The Honorable Howard S. Chasanow, retired judge of the Court of Appeals and former Chair of the MSCCSP, passed away on April 2, 2017. As detailed in this obituary in the Washington Post, Judge Chasanow is remembered for his 28 years as a judge in Maryland and for his subsequent exemplary career as a professional mediator. However, Judge Chasanow should also be recognized for his significant contributions to the creation of the sentencing guidelines in Maryland, serving as the Chair and Vice-Chair on the Judiciary's Sentencing Guidelines Advisory Board (1978-1979, 1982, 1984-1990) and then furthering his commitment to the continued development of the sentencing guidelines by serving as a member of the Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (1996-1999) and the MSCCSP (1999-2000), and as Chair of the MSCCSP (2007-2011). 
  • April 1, 2017: The Circuit Court for Washington County deployed the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for initiation and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after April 1, 2017. 
  • January 25, 2017: The MSCCSP released its 2016 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 2016.  
  • January 1, 2017: The Circuit Courts for Allegany and Garrett counties began utilization of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) for submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets for cases sentenced on or after January 1, 2017. 

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