April Commission Meeting Cancelled

The April Commission meeting has been cancelled due to weather. Please visit our Upcoming Meeting page for information for the next meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 22.


Job Opening for Executive Director

The Sentencing Guidelines Commission has posted an opening for Executive Director. The Commission is responsible for developing and maintaining a model for rational and consistent sentencing standards that reduce sentencing disparity and ensure that the sanctions imposed for felony convictions are proportional to the severity of the conviction offense and the offender's criminal history. This career opportunity entails planning and directing the research, sentencing policy development, and monitoring activities of the Commission. See the flyer for details.


New EWS Rolling Out in May

A new Electronic Worksheet System (EWS) is coming soon! EWS has been updated to improve data quality and data entry process has been streamlined for our users. EWS will be moved from Classic S3 to the new Statewide Supervision System, so users will need only one password. New features will alert users to decay periods, mandatory minimums, and much more. New EWS will also incorporate case information from the Court (MNCIS), so that users no longer have to enter general offender information, and it will automatically calculate the presumptive sentence. Rollout will begin in May, with the last locations going live at the end of June. Read more about new EWS in the special edition of our newsletter, and look for more information coming soon in the training section.


2014 MSGC Report to the Legislature Now Available

The report details the work of the Commission during 2013, and provides an overview of felony sentencing practices and trends in Minnesota. The report details modifications to the Guidelines effective August 1, 2013, and the use of firearms in crimes. One of the highlighted topics is an outcome study of drug offenders, performed by MSGC staff, which analyzed sentencing trends and re-conviction rates of first- and second-degree controlled substance offenders. For more information, read the full Report to the Legislature.


2012 MSGC Recap Reports: DWI, CVH, and CVI

MSGC Recap Reports take the same great info found in our full length reports, and condenses it into an easy-to-read two page hand out. This year, our Recap Reports address felony-level driving while impaired (DWI) offenses, and criminal vehicular homicide (CVH) and criminal vehicular injury (CVI) offenses. Each report sets forth the basic statistics for the offense such as case volume, incarceration rate, and departure rate. And each report highlights a unique trend relating to the particular offense.  For more information regarding DWI, CVH, and CVI offenses, read the Recap Reports located in reports.


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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