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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

 

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News Releases – 2021

  • November 15, 2021: The MSCCSP has approved tentatively, pending public input, certain amendments to the cell ranges of the existing Sentencing Matrix for Drug Offenses and the Sentencing Matrix for Property Offenses. The Commission invites public comment on those proposed amendments, or any other issue related to criminal sentencing policy, at the December 7, 2021, public hearing. A video presentation explaining the process of amending the guidelines is available HERE. Those who wish to speak at the hearing should register in advance. The MSCCSP should receive written public comment regarding the tentative amendments by no later than December 6, 2021.
  • November 15, 2021: The MSCCSP revised the Guidelines Offense Table to reflect (1) the classification of new and amended offenses passed during the 2021 Legislative Session; (2) the classification of four previously unclassified offenses; (3) the addition of five previously unlisted offenses with a maximum penalty of one year or less; (4) the addition of one previously classified but unlisted offense with a maximum penalty greater than 1 year; and (5) minor edits to the table. For additional details, see the November 2021 edition of the Guidelines E-News.
  • November 5, 2021: The Maryland Judiciary’s Equal Justice Committee will host a virtual community forum on sentencing on November 18, 2021. The MSCCSP Executive Director, Dr. David Soulé, will participate as a panelist. Click HERE to register.
  • November 5, 2021: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 48, Issue 23). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through December 6, 2021.
  • October 27, 2021: The MSCCSP released Issue 6 of the Sentencing Snapshot. Issue 6 examines sentencing trends in Maryland circuit courts for third degree sex offense.
  • October 1, 2021: The MSCCSP released Version 13.1 of the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines Manual (MSGM). MSGM 13.1 clarifies the instructions for scoring victim injury in cases involving child pornography. Please see the October 2021 edition of the Guidelines E-News for additional details about this update.
  • September 10, 2021: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 48, Issue 19). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through October 12, 2021.
  • September 1, 2021: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Governor Larry J. Hogan appointed Robert H. Harvey, Jr., State’s Attorney for Calvert County, to a four-year term as a member of the Commission. Mr. Harvey was appointed as the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association representative for a term of four years from July 1, 2021.
  • August 30, 2021: The MSCCSP is pleased to welcome Mark Mills, who is joining the MSCCSP staff as a Policy Analyst / Graduate Research Assistant. Mark is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.
  • August 20, 2021: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Governor Larry J. Hogan appointed Kyle E. Scherer to a four-year term as a member of the Commission. Mr. Scherer was appointed as one of the two public representatives on the MSCCSP. Governor Hogan also reappointed Commissioners Dr. Brian Johnson and Alethea P. Miller. Each of these appointments was for a term of four years from July 1, 2021.
  • July 27, 2021: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce the appointment of Senator Charles E. Sydnor and Senator Christopher R. West to the Commission. The Senate President, Bill Ferguson, appointed Senators Sydnor and West to fill the two MSCCSP Maryland Senate positions.
  • July 19, 2021: The MSCCSP released Issue 5 of the Sentencing Snapshot. Issue 5 examines sentencing trends in Maryland circuit courts for offenses involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
  • July 2, 2021: Proposed amendments to the Maryland criminal sentencing guidelines were published in the Maryland Register (Volume 48, Issue 14). Public comments on the proposed revisions will be accepted through August 2, 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.

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