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

July 1, 2022

Revisions to the sentencing matrices for drug and property offenses were adopted effective July 1, 2022. The June 2022 Guidelines E-News provides details regarding the revisions, including instructions for how to account for the changes in MAGS and the GLCT.

Proposed amendments clarifying the instructions for calculating the juvenile delinquency score component of the Offender Score and a proposed reclassification of Arson, 1st degree, were published in the July 1, 2022, issue of the Maryland Register (Volume 49, Issue 14). Public comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through August 1, 2022.