Sentencing Guidelines Commission Public Hearing

The Commission is holding its annual Public Hearing on Thursday, July 17, 2pm-4pm at the State Capitol in room 112. The hearing is being held to receive public comments on proposed modifications to the Guidelines. The Commission will hold the record open for five days after the hearing to accept additional written comments on the proposed modifications. On Thursday, July 24, the Commission will meet at 2pm to formally adopt or reject the proposed modifications. If adopted, the modifications will become effective August 1, 2014. 


New EWS Rolling Out in May

The new Electronic Worksheet System (EWS) has arrived! EWS has been updated to improve data quality and data entry process has been streamlined for our users. 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 has begun, with the last locations going live at the end of June. Read more about new EWS in the special edition of our newsletter, and learn more about regional "Go Live" dates and access to training information in Seminars and Assistance.


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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