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 2022, Volume 17
News Releases – 2022
- August 1, 2022: The Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP) is HIRING! The MSCCSP seeks applicants for a Research Analyst/Faculty Specialist. The research analyst position assists with sentencing guidelines data collection, data verification, data dashboard management, and report writing in support of the Commission’s goals. The position is based at the University of Maryland in College Park and offers some opportunity for remote work. Those interested in contributing to the Commission’s work to support fair and proportional sentencing policy should submit an application through the University of Maryland application site.
- July 8, 2022: The Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP) is pleased to welcome the Honorable Brian L. DeLeonardo as the new Chair of the MSCCSP. The Governor appointed Judge DeLeonardo as Chair of the MSCCSP effective July 8, 2022. Judge DeLeonardo previously served as a member of the Commission from January 2016 until he was appointed to the Circuit Court for Carroll County in July 2021.
- 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.
- July 1, 2022: 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.
- July 1, 2022: The Board of Trustees for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) appointed Natasha Dartigue as the next Public Defender for Maryland. Ms. Dartigue began her six-year term on July 1, 2022, upon the retirement of Paul B. DeWolfe. Mr. Dartigue appointed Donald Zaremba, the Chief for Strategic Operations for the OPD, to continue in his role as the MSCCSP representative for the OPD.
- June 1, 2022: Pending revisions to the sentencing matrices for drug and property offenses will be adopted effective July 1, 2022. Click HERE for more details regarding the pending revisions, including instructions for how to account for the changes in MAGS and the GLCT.
- February 1, 2022: The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect (1) a seriousness category change for Sex offense, 3rd degree, involving age-based elements, and (2) the classification of one previously unclassified offense. For additional details, see the February 2022 edition of the Guidelines E-News.
- January 31, 2022: The MSCCSP released its 2021 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 2021.
- January 28, 2022: Proposed amendments to the sentencing matrices for drug and property offenses were 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.