What is MAGS?
The Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS) is a web-based application that permits electronic completion and submission of sentencing guidelines worksheets. MAGS presents the appropriate sentencing guidelines range based on the offense and offender characteristics. MAGS was designed to mimic the flow of the paper guidelines worksheet. The State’s Attorney’s Office or a Parole & Probation agent initiates the worksheet in MAGS. Defense attorneys have the ability to view, but not edit the initiated worksheet. MAGS creates a printable Portable Document Format (PDF) of the sentencing guidelines worksheet that can be presented at sentencing. The sentencing judge or his/her designee enters the appropriate sentence information and then electronically submits the completed worksheet.
Benefits of MAGS
- Simplifies sentencing guidelines calculation process
- Reduces sentencing guidelines calculation errors
- Improves accuracy and completeness of data
- Provides more timely and accurate assessment of sentencing policy and practice
- Provides a mechanism to monitor completion and submission of guidelines worksheets
Designated start dates for each circuit court are identified in the proposed MAGS Deployment Schedule. MAGS should be utilized to initiate, edit, and submit ALL official guidelines worksheets from an individual circuit court for all cases sentenced from the designated start date moving forward.
The Administrative Protocol provides detailed instructions for each circuit court as they approach their designated MAGS start date.
Development and Implementation Timeline
MAGS began with a pilot project in the Montgomery County Circuit Court and will be gradually deployed in the remaining jurisdictions over the course of a 4-5 year period. A review of the history of MAGS is available in the Development and Implementation Timeline.