2013 Sentencing Practices

The 2013 MN Sentencing Practices Data Presentation provides an overview of felony sentencing practices including demographics, trends, incarceration rates, departures, and more. The presentation is a preview to the annual summary reports coming out later this fall.


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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.


Departure Form

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

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