Now Available: 2014 Guidelines

The 2014 MN Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary are now available. The 2014 Guidelines are used to determine the presumptive sentence for felony offenses committed on or after August 1, 2014, and will remain in effect until the next annual publication. July 24, 2014, the Commission adopted proposed modifications resulting from new and amended legislation and other policy considerations. The adopted modifications include the reranking of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, severity level rankings for violations of the medical cannabis laws, and modifying commentary to clarify the procedures for the use of expunged records for sentencing purposes.


New Excutive Director

Please welcome our new Executive Director, Nathaniel J Reitz. Mr. Reitz was a Minnesota prosecutor before he joined MSGC, and had earlier served as a defense attorney and prosecutor in the U.S. Army. With his distinguished level of professionalism and achievement, Mr. Reitz is a valued addition to both Commission and Staff. Click here for full bio.


New EWS - Statewide Rollout Complete!

Statewide rollout on the new Electronic Worksheet System (EWS) was complete at the end of June 2014.  EWS was updated to improve data quality and the data entry process for the user. EWS was moved from Classic S3 to the new Statewide Supervision Portal. Now users have only one username and password. New features alert the user to decay periods, mandatory minimums, and much more. New EWS incorporates case information from the Court (MNCIS), so that users no longer have to enter general offender information and the presumptive sentence is automatically calculated to reduce errors. Read more about new EWS in our newsletter. Access training materials in Guidelines Assistance.


Departure Form

When departing from the presumptive sentence, the court must disclose the reasons for departure to MSGC within 15 days after sentencing.

Legislative News

During Legislative session, MSGC produces fiscal notes for multiple bills, which is an integral part of the decision-making process.

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