35th Anniversary of the Guidelines 

On May 1, 1980, Minnesota became the first state to implement sentencing guidelines.  Thirty-five years ago, the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission fulfilled its legislative mandate to establish, using reasonable offense and offender characteristics, appropriate sanctions for felony offenses. The purpose the Sentencing Guidelines has remained the same: “to establish 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."




MSGC Staff Receive Awards

Congratulations goes to MSGC staff members Kathleen Madland, Linda McBrayer, and Jill Payne for receiving the Director's Award for Achievement. Ms. Madland received an individual award for redesigning and maintaining the MSGC website. Ms. Madland also led a project to create Recap Reports, which are designed to convey complex sentencing data into an intuitive and easy-to-understand format.  Ms. McBrayer and Ms. Payne received a team award for the development and delivery of the new Electronic Worksheet System, a program that results in more accurate felony sentencing and more efficient use of public resources.

2015 Leg Report

2015 MSGC Report to the Legislature 

The annual 2015 MSGC Report to the Legislature is now available. The report contains two required reports: modifications to the Guidelines, and use of firearms as reported by Minnesota's County Attorneys. The report also highlights topics that may be of interest to the legislature: sentencing and departure trends; a special review of controlled substance departures; and updates on Commission and staff activities.


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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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