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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 2022, Volume 17

Number Date Topics Covered Download
1 February 1, 2022 Revisions to the Guidelines Offense Table
2 June 1, 2022 Revisions to the Sentencing Matrices for Drug and Property Offenses, Effective July 1, 2022; Directions for How to Account for the Revisions to the Guidelines Ranges in MAGS and GLCT
3 October 1, 2022 Revisions to Scoring the Juvenile Record; Offense Type Reclassification for Arson, 1st Degree; Entries for Child Abuse Violations Prior to October 1, 2003
4 November 14, 2022 Revisions to the Guidelines Offense Table; Collection of Worksheets for Reconsiderations/Modifications and Three-Judge Panel Reviews; Definition of Explosives for Purposes of Assigning Weapon Presence Points; Sentencing Guidelines Training Resources

 

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News Releases – 2022

  • November 14, 2022: The MSCCSP updated the guidelines worksheet collection protocol for non-original sentencing events to provide consistency by limiting the collection of sentencing guidelines worksheets for three-judge panel reviews to those involving a crime of violence and to clarify the definition of “reconsiderations.” Additionally, the guidelines offense table was updated to reflect the classification of new offenses passed during the 2022 Legislative Session, as well as minor edits to the table. Finally, revisions were adopted to clarify the definition of “explosives” as it pertains to the assignment of weapon presence points in part C of the offense score. The November 2022 Guidelines E-News provides details regarding each of these revisions.
  • November 4, 2022: Proposed amendments clarifying the definition of “single criminal event” to provide additional guidance in sentence guidelines calculation for determining whether multiple crimes are committed during the same transaction, were published in the November 4, 2022, issue of the Maryland Register (Volume 49, Issue 23). Public comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through December 5, 2022.
  • October 17, 2022: Members of the public are invited to address the MSCCSP regarding criminal sentencing policy issues in Maryland at its annual public comments hearing to be held at 5:00 pm on December 6, 2022 at the Maryland Judicial Center. All who are interested in speaking are asked to register and submit a written version of their testimony in advance but not later than December 2, 2022. Please submit written testimony to David Soulé, Executive Director of the Commission, at dsoule@umd.edu. If participants are not able to present testimony in-person, a videoconference option can be made available upon request. Those who wish to simply observe may view the livestream via the MSCCSP YouTube channel.
  • October 1, 2022: Revisions to the instructions for scoring the juvenile delinquency component of the offender score were adopted effective October 1, 2022. Additionally, the guidelines offense table was updated to reflect a reclassification for Arson, 1st degree from property offense to person offense, and the addition of three offense entries for child abuse violations occurring prior to October 1, 2003. The October 2022 Guidelines E-News provides details regarding each of these revisions.
  • September 25, 2022: The MSCCSP is pleased to announce that Chief Judge Matthew J. Fader appointed the Honorable Melanie M. Shaw, Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 4th Appellate Circuit as the Appellate Court representative for the Commission. Additionally, Chief Judge Fader appointed the Honorable Michelle R. Saunders, Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 4, Calvert County, as the Commission’s District Court representative.
  • September 9, 2022: Proposed amendments to the sentencing guidelines were published in the September 9, 2022, issue of the Maryland Register (Volume 49, Issue 19). The proposed amendments include: 1) limiting the collection of sentencing guidelines worksheets for three-judge panel reviews to those involving a crime of violence and clarification of the definition of “reconsiderations;” 2) clarifying the definition of “explosive” as it pertains to the assignment of weapon presence points in part C of the offense score; and 3) modification of guidelines offense table to include the addition of new offenses from the 2022 Legislative Session and minor edits to the table. Public comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted through October 11, 2022.
  • September 1, 2022: The MSCCSP released Issue 8 of the Sentencing Snapshot. Issue 8 examines sentencing trends in Maryland circuit courts for murder convictions.
  • 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.
  • March 1, 2022: The MSCCSP released Issue 7 of the Sentencing Snapshot. Issue 7 examines sentencing trends in Maryland circuit courts for marijuana offenses.
  • 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.

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