Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy

Supporting fair and proportional sentencing policy

Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy

Supporting fair and proportional sentencing policy

Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy

Supporting fair and proportional sentencing policy

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.

News

February 23, 2024:

The MSCCSP Chair, Judge Dana Middleton, appointed Judge Melanie Shaw, Appellate Court of Maryland, to serve as the new Vice-Chair of the MSCCSP and also to serve as the Co-Chair of the Sentencing Guidelines Subcommittee along with Judge Brian DeLeonardo, Circuit Court for Carroll County. The Sentencing Guidelines Subcommittee membership continues to include returning members Richard Finci (criminal defense attorney), Robert Harvey (State’s Attorney for Calvert County), and Senator Charles Sydnor. The MSCCSP welcomes Judge Shaw and Judge DeLeonardo as the newest members of the Sentencing Guidelines Subcommittee and is grateful to both for accepting the Subcommittee Co-Chair appointments.

 

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