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.
News Releases – 2021
- June 7, 2021: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce the appointment of the Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett to the Commission. The Speaker of the House, Adrienne A. Jones, appointed Delegate Bartlett to fill one of the two MSCCSP House of Delegates positions.
- April 26, 2021: The MSCCSP released Issue 4 of the Sentencing Snapshot. Issue 4 examines the characteristics of and average sentences for felony property offenses that originated in Maryland circuit courts.
- April 1, 2021: The MSCCSP released Version 13.0 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 13.0 amends the instructions regarding guidelines-compliant binding pleas. Please see the April 2021 edition of the Guidelines E-News for additional details about this update.
- April 1, 2021: An updated version of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS, version 10.0) was released for immediate use. What’s New in MAGS 10.0 describes these updates.
- February 1, 2021: The MSCCSP released Version 12.4 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 12.4 clarifies the instructions for scoring the special victim vulnerability component of the sentencing guidelines offense score. Please see the February 2021 edition of the Guidelines E-News for additional details about this update.
- January 26, 2021: The MSCCSP released its 2020 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 2020.
- January 20, 2021: The MSCCSP released Issue 3 of the Sentencing Snapshot. Issue 3 examines the characteristics of and average sentences for felony narcotic and hallucinogenic drug offenses that originated in Maryland circuit courts.
- January 15, 2021: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 48, Issue 2). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through February 16, 2021.