News and Information


Guidelines E-News is a periodic newsletter delivered via email by the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. Guidelines E-News provides information on the system of voluntary guidelines for the State’s circuit courts and highlights changes to the guidelines. It also provides useful information on worksheet completion and submission.

E-News 2021

Number Date Topics Covered Download
1 February 1, 2021 Clarified Instructions for Scoring Special Victim Vulnerability; Sentencing Guidelines Training Opportunities
2 April 1, 2021 Changes to Guidelines-Compliant Binding Pleas; New Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (Version 13.0); Sentencing Guidelines Training Resources
3 October 1, 2021 Clarified Instructions for Scoring Victim Injury in Cases Involving Child Pornography; Sentencing Guidelines Training
4 November 15, 2021 Revisions to the Guidelines Offense Table



News Releases – 2022

  • January 13, 2022: Proposed amendments to the sentencing matrices for drug and property offenses will be published in the January 28, 2022 issue of the Maryland Register (Volume 49, Issue 3). Public comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through February 28, 2022.