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2022 Meetings

May 12, 2022

 AGENDA
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from April 14, 2022 (Action)
4. Review of Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses (Discussion) [A] [B] [C] [D] [E]
5. Possible Technical Modifications to the 2021 Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary (Discussion)
6. Possible Amendments to the Commission's Demographic Impact Statement Policy (Action)
7. Custody-Status Policy Roundtable Planning (Discussion) [A] [B]
8. Legislative Update (Discussion)
9. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
11. Adjournment
 

April 14, 2022

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Recognition of Outgoing Member (Discussion)
4. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from March 10, 2022 (Action)
5. Sex Trafficking Review (Discussion)
        Guest Speaker: Ole Tvedten, Chief - Criminal Division, Stearns County Attorney's Office
6. Custody-Status Policy Study (Discussion)
    A. Answers to Questions from March Meeting [1] [2] [3]
    B. Roundtable Planning
        Next Steps for Engaging and Educating Community, System Stake Holders, and Legislators
7.    Demographic Impact Statements (DIS)
    A. DIS Update (Discussion)
8. Legislative Update (Discussion; Possible Action)
    A. Review of MSGC's Legislative-Recommendation Mandate (Minn. Stat. § 244.09, subd. 6)
    B. Senate Omnibus Public Safety Bill (SF2673) [1] [2]
    C. House Omnibus Public Safety Bill (HF4608) [1] [2]
    D. Bill to Classify MSGC Staff (HF3013/SF2669)
9. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
    A. National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) 2022 Annual Conference
        August 8–10, 2022, Portland, Oregon
    B. Electronic Worksheet System Update
    C. May 12 Meeting Location
11. Adjournment
 

March 10, 2022

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from February 10, 2022 (Action)
5. Custody-Status Policy Study (Discussion)
    B. General Discussion:
            • What concerns or risks does custody status address?
            • Are these concerns or risks the same in all cases?
            • Are there any factors that would justify mitigating or aggravating custody status in some cases or situations?
            • What other information would you like to see as the Commission continues to consider custody status?
7. Governor’s Council on Justice Reinvestment Update (Discussion)
8. Executive Director’s Report (Discussion)
    A. Half Custody Status Point Electronic Worksheet System Update
    B. Legislative Update
    C. Meeting Location Update
10. Adjournment
 

February 10, 2022

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from January 13, 2022 (Action)
4. Governor's Council on Justice Reinvestment (Discussion) Carl Reynolds, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Council of State Governments [A] [B]
6. Sex Trafficking Review – Introduction (Discussion) [A] [B] [C] [D] [E]
7. Custody-Status Policy Study – Policy Overview (Discussion) [A] [B]
8. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
    A. Requests for Departure Reports in Half Custody Status Point Cases
    B. Demographic Impact Statements
    C. Legislative Update
9. Public Input [A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L]
 

January 13, 2022

 
1. Call to Order, Roll Call, and Introduction of New Member
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from December 16, 2021 (Action)
4. Review of Public Hearing Record (Discussion) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
5. Accept or Reject Proposal to Amend the Sentencing Guidelines (Action)
6. Review and Approve 2022 Report to the Legislature (Action)
8. Options for Consolidating Annual Public Hearings (Discussion) [A] [B]
9. Options for February Meeting (Discussion) [A] [B]
10. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
11. Public Input [A] [B]
12. Adjournment
 

2021 Meetings

December 16, 2021

 
1. Call to Order, Roll Call & Introduction of New Member
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from November 4, 2021 (Action)
4. Review Draft 2022 Report to the Legislature (Discussion) 
5. Executive Director's Report (Discussion) 
    A. 2022 & 2023 Meeting Calendars [1] [2]
    B. 2022 Meeting Logistics [1] [2]
    C. Statements of Economic Interest – Due in January
    D. New Research Analyst
6. Public Input
7. Adjournment
 

December 16, 2021 – Public Hearing

MN State Register, Volume 46, Number 20
Public Testimony (video)
Public Comment [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
 

November 4, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call 
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from October 7, 2021 (Action)
4. Justice Reinvestment in Minnesota (Discussion) [A][B][C][D]; Carl Reynolds, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Council of State Governments 
5. Custody Status Proposals (Action) [A][B][C][D][E][F]
6. Preview – 2022 Report to the Legislature (Discussion)
7. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
8. Public Input
9. Adjournment

October 7, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from September 9, 2021 (Action)
4. Custody Status Proposal (Discussion) [A] [B] [C] [D] [E]
11. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
12. Public Input 
13. Adjournment
 

September 9, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Recognition of Outgoing Members (Discussion)
4. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from July 22, 2021 (Action)
    A. Legislative Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines – 2021 1st Special Session [6A]
    B. Legislative Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines – 2021 Regular Session
    C. Technical Correction – Update Conditional Release Statutory Reference
7. Partial Points in Criminal History Working Group Update (Discussion) [7A] [7B] [7C] [7D] - Prof. Richard Frase. For this meeting, Commission members are provided a chapter of a copyrighted book by the permission of the author. This material is not being made available to the public, as doing so would violate copyright law. The publisher's synopsis of the chapter (item 7D) is provided instead. Please contact MSGC Staff on questions on how to purchase the book or examine the chapter.]
8. State v. Robinette (Discussion) [8A] [8B]
11. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
12. Public Input 
13. Adjournment
 

September 1, 2021 – Public Hearing

MN State Register, Volume 46, Number 5
Public Input (none)
 

July 22, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from June 3, 2021 (Action)
4. Review 2021 First Special Session Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines (Action) [A1] [A2] [B] [C1] [C2]
5. Publication of August 1, 2021, Edition of the Minn. Sentencing Guidelines & Commentary (Action) [A] [B] [C]
7. Public Hearing Process (Discussion)
8. Partial Points in Criminal History Working Group Update (Discussion)
9. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
10. Public Input [A]
11. Adjournment
 

June 3, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from May 6, 2021 (Action)
4. Proponents' Rationale for Dividing Criminal Sexual Conduct Offenses by Adult & Child Victims- Christina Warren, Hennepin County Attorney's Office, & Suzanne Elwell, Dep't of Public Safety (Discussion)
    C. Possible Updates to Fiscal Notes Assumptions
7. Review Possible Special Session Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines (Discussion)
    B. Possible Changes to Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, & Solicitation of Children Offenses
    C. Possible Changes to Other Criminal Offenses
    D. Possible Changes to Sentencing Policy
8. Executive Director's Report (Discussion) 
9. Public Input
10. Adjournment
 

 May 6, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from April 8, 2021 (Action)
4. Neutrality Review Update - Prof. Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota (Discussion)
5. How Grid Durations Increase with Criminal History (Discussion)
6. Legislative Update (Discussion)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct & Sexual Extortion [1] [2]
    B. Sex Trafficking and Sexual Solicitation of Children [1] [2] [3]
    C. Current status of SF970 (Omnibus Public Safety Bill) (Discussion)
7. Post-Pandemic Meeting Location (Discussion)
8. Executive Director's Report (Discussion) [A] [B]
9. Public Input
10. Adjournment
 

April 8, 2021


1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from March 11, 2021 (Action)
4. The Effect of Criminal History Score on Racial Disproportionality in Prison – Prof. Richard Frase (Discussion) [A] [B] [C]
     For this meeting, Commission members were provided a chapter of a copyrighted book by the permission of the author. 
    This material is not being made available to the public, as doing so would violate copyright law. The publisher's synopsis of 
    the chapter (item 04A) is provided instead. Please contact MSGC staff with questions on how to purchase the book or examine the chapter.
5. A Closer Look at Sentencing Departures – Staff Presentation (Discussion)
6. Partial Points in Criminal History Update (Discussion)
    B. Working Group Update
8. Dept. of Corrections Legislative Proposal – Minnesota Rehabilitation and Reinvestment Act (Discussion) [A] [B] [C]
9. Legislative Update (Discussion)
10. Executive Director's Report (Discussion)
11. Public Input
12. Adjournment
 

1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from February 11, 2021 (Action)
4. Racial Disparity Consideration in Sentencing Council of England and Wales – Dr. Julian Roberts (Discussion) [4A] [4B]
5. Crimes of Violence DefinitionsCommissioner Honsey and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi (Discussion)
7. Sentencing Departures – Staff Presentation (Discussion)
8. Staff-Drafted Possible Technical Correction – Conditional Release Reference in the Guidelines (Discussion)
9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Discussion)
10. Executive Director's Report
  • Legislative Update
11. Public Input
12. Adjournment

Meeting Agenda
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from January 14, 2021 (Action)
4. Communication Regarding Partial Points in Criminal History (Discussion) [4A] [4B
5. Guidelines Neutrality Review & 2021 Workplan (Discussion) [5] [5A] [5B] [5C]
6. Guidelines Implications of Bill Making PSIs Optional – HF167/SF371 (Action) [6A] [6B]
7. Possible Autumn Adjustment to Regular Meeting Calendar (Discussion)
8. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Discussion)
9. Executive Director's Report (Discussion) 
10. Public Input [10]
11. Adjournment

January 14, 2021

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from December 17, 2020 (Action)
4. Review of Public Hearing Record (Discussion) [A] [B] [C] [D]
5. Accept or Reject Proposals to Amend the Sentencing Guidelines (Action)
    A. Legislative Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    B. Partial Points in Criminal History Score
    C. Use of Minors in Sexual Performance
6. Potential Recommendations to the Legislature (Action)
    A. Give Immediate Effect to Partial Points in CHS Clarification
    B. Review Child Pornography Definition for Constitutionality
    C. Create a Sexting Exception to Child Pornography Production
7. Approve 2021 Report to the Legislature (Action)
8. Preview of February Meeting – Priority Setting and Guidelines Neutrality Review (Discussion) [A]
9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Discussion)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group
    B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force
10. Executive Director's Report (Discussion) [A] [B]
11. Public Input [A]
12. Recognition of Service – Commander Salim Omari, St. Paul Police Department
13. Adjournment

2020 Meetings

December 17, 2020

Meeting Agenda
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from November 5, 2020 (Action)
4. Potential Recommendations to the Legislature (Action)
5. Draft 2021 Report to the Legislature (Discussion)
    A. Child Pornography Report – Findings & Conclusions
    B. In General
6. Sentencing Guidelines Neutrality Review Update (Information)  
7. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group        
    B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force
8. Executive Director's Report (Information)
9. Public Input 
10. Adjournment
 

December 17, 2020 – Public Hearing

  1. Call to Order
  2. Opening Statement 
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony [1] [2] [3] [4]
  4. Adjournment 

November 5, 2020

Meeting Agenda
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from October 8, 2020 (Action)
4. Child Pornography Review (Discussion)
A. Ranking Proposals (Action) [1] [2] [3] [4]
B. November Draft Report (Discussion) [1] [2]
5. Vice-Chair Election (Action)
6. Presentation of 2019 Sentencing Practices Data Summary (Discussion)
7. December 17 Public Hearing & Meeting (Discussion) 
8. Sentencing Guidelines Neutrality Review – Policy Inventory (Discussion)
9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group      
B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force
10. Executive Director's Report (Information)
        A. Legislative Update
        B. Bureau of Justice Statistics – 2019 Imprisonment Rates
11. Public Input 
12. Adjournment
 

October 8, 2020

Meeting Agenda
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Commission Administration (Discussion)
A. New Member Welcome & Introductions     
B. Vice-Chair Election in November
4. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from September 10, 2020 (Action)
5. Child Pornography Review (Discussion)
A. Updated Recidivism Information
B. Ranking Proposals [1] [2] [3]
6. Partial Points in Criminal History Scores (Action)
7. Sentencing Guidelines Neutrality Review – Revocation Data (Discussion)
8. Veterans Restorative Justice Act (Discussion)
9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group     
B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force 
10. Executive Director's Report (Information)
11. Public Input [A]
12. Adjournment
 

September 10, 2020

Meeting Agenda
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from July 23, 2020 (Action)
4. Child Pornography Review - Offense Ranking (Discussion) [A] [B]
5. Report of Child Pornography Review - September Draft (Discussion)
6. Partial Points in Criminal History Scores (Action)
7. Sentencing Guidelines Neutrality Review – Revocation Data (Discussion)
8. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group    
    B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force  
9. Executive Director's Report (Information) 
10. Public Input 
11. Adjournment
 

July 23, 2020

Meeting Agenda
Approved Minutes
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from June 11, 2020 (Action)
4. Accept or Reject a Proposal to Amend the Sentencing Guidelines (Action) 
    A. Review of Public Record [A1] [A2]
    B. Commentary in Section 3.A (Establishing Conditions of Stayed Sentences)  
    C. Technical Changes to Appendix 1 (Mandatory and Presumptive Reference Table)
5. Possible Further Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines in Light of Recent Legislation (Action)
6. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing – Next Steps (Action)
7. Sentencing Guidelines Neutrality Review, Part 1 (Discussion)
8. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group   
    B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force  
9. Executive Director's Report (Information) 
10. Public Input 
11. Adjournment
12. Recognition of Service – Peter Orput, Washington County Attorney
 

July 16, 2020 – Public Hearing

  1. Call to Order
  2. Opening Statement 
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony
  4. Adjournment 

June 11, 2020

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from May 7, 2020 (Action)
4. Child Pornography Offender Treatment – Expert Testimony (information) [4A] [4B] [4C
6. Review of 2020 Regular Session Laws 
    C. Decision on Public Hearing (Action) [5C2]   
7. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing (Information & Discussion)
    A. Aggravated Departures  
    C. Other Issues
    D. Next Steps
9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group  
    B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force  
10. Executive Director's Report (Information) 
11. Public Input 
12. Adjournment
 

May 7, 2020

 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from April 9, 2020 (Action)
4. Meeting Rules (Action) [4A] [4B] [4C] [4D]
    A. Decision on Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege
    B. Legal Opinion Review 
    C. Approval of Meeting Rules 
5. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing (Information & Discussion)
    A. Victims of Sexual Abuse – Expert Testimony 
    B. Child Pornography Charging and Sentencing Practices [5B1] [5B2]  
    C. Recidivism Research Update – Answers to Questions from April [5C1] [5C2]  
    D. Review of Dissemination & Possession Offenses; Next Steps [5D1] [5D2]  
6. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
    A. Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group 
    B. Community Competency Restoration Task Force 
7. Executive Director's Report (Information)
    C. Minn. Ct. App. Extends Kirby to 2019 Criminal History Changes – State v. Robinette 
8. Public Input [8A]
9. Adjournment
 

April 9, 2020

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action)
  3. Record of Compliance with Open Meeting Law (Information) [material 1] [material 2]
  4. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from March 12, 2020 (Action)
  5. Approval, or Forwarding to Attorney General, of Meeting Rules (Action)
  6. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing (Information & Discussion)
  7. Amendments to the Commentary Related to Presumptive Probation Cap (Action) [material 1] [material 2] [material 3]
  8. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)   
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  9. Executive Director's Report (Information)   
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment

March 12, 2020

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from February 13, 2020 (Action)
  4. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing (Information & Discussion)
  5. Attorney General Legal Opinion Related to Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines 
    • Decision on Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege (Possible Action)
    • Opinion Review (Discussion)
  6. Potential Amendments to the Commentary (Discussion)
  7. Meeting Rules (Discussion)
  8. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information) 
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  9. Executive Director's Report (Information) [Felony Offenses with Statutory Maximum of Less than Four Years
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment

February 13, 2020

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from January 9, 2020 (Action)
  4. Draft Meeting Materials Availability to the Public (Discussion)
  5. Meeting Rules and Bylaws (Discussion)
  6. Request for Recommendation to the Legislature – Rep. Jamie Long (Discussion & Possible Action) 
  7. Potential Actions in Conformity with the Presumptive Probation Cap
  8. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing (Information & Discussion)
  9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  10. Executive Director's Report (Information)
  11. Public Input
  12. Adjournment 

January 9, 2020

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from December 12, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Attorney General Legal Opinion
  5. Review of Public Hearing Record (Information Item)
  6. Proposal to Amend the Sentencing Guidelines (Action Item) 
  7. No later than 3:00 p.m.: Approval of 2020 Report to the Legislature (Special Order, Action Item)
  8. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information Item)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  9. Executive Director's Report (Information Item)
    • Minnesota Campaign Finance Board – Annual Statement of Economic Interest Due
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment 

2019 Meetings

December 19, 2019 – Public Hearing

  1. Call to Order
  2. Opening Statement 
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony
  4. Adjournment 

December 12, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from November 6, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Approval of 2020 Meeting Calendar (Possible Action Item)
  5. Executive Director's Report (Information Item)
  6. 2018 Sentencing Practices Data & Impact of Drug Sentencing Reform Act (Information Item)
  7. Review Draft of 2020 Report to the Legislature (Possible Action Item) 
  8. Follow-Up on Probation Proposal [related materials & public input]
  9. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information Item)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment 

November 6, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from October 10, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information Item)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group 
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  5. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing (Information & Discussion Item)
  6. Probation – Next Steps (Discussion Item)
  7. 2018 Sentencing Practices – Data Presentation (Information Item)(moved to December meeting)
  8. Introduction to 2020 Report to the Legislature – Table of Contents (Information Item)
  9. Election of Vice-Chair (Discussion Item)
  10. Executive Director's Report (Information Item)
  11. Public Input
  12. Adjournment 

October 10, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from September 12, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Working Group/Task Force Reports (Information Item)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutory Reform Working Group 
    • Community Competency Restoration Task Force
  5. Executive Director's Report (Information Item) 
    • NASC Conference Summary 
    • Criminal Justice Institute Summary
  6. State v. Strobel: Classifying Former Felonies in Criminal History
  7. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing Guidelines (Discussion Item)
  8. Probation Guidelines/Term Limits/Revocations (Discussion Item)
  9. Public Input
  10. Recognition of Service – Hon. Heidi Schellhas, Retiring Commission Vice Chair and Judge, Court of Appeals
  11. Adjournment 

September 12, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from July 25, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Welcome to Kosovo Study-Visit Delegation
  5. Comprehensive Review of Child Pornography Sentencing Guidelines  (Discussion Item)
  6. Executive Director's Report (Information Item) 
    • NASC Conference Summary 
    • Criminal Justice Institute Summary
    • State v. Strobel: Classifying Former Felonies in Criminal History
  7. Public Input
  8. Adjournment

July 25, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from June 6, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Review of Public Hearing Record
  5. Accept or Reject Proposed Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines  (Action Item)
    • New Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines - Effective Aug. 1, 2019
    • Amended Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines - Effective Aug. 1, 2019
    • Technical Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines - Effective Aug. 1, 2019
    • Non-Legislative Amendments to the Guidelines - Effective Aug. 1, 2019
    • Non-Legislative Technical Amendments to the Guidelines - Effective Aug. 1, 2019
    • Non-Legislative Amendments to the Guidelines Pending Legislative Review - Effective Aug. 1, 2020
  6. Commission's Work Plan (Discussion Item)
  7. Appointments to Groups Established in 2019 Session Laws (Possible Action Item)
  8. Commission's Meeting Calendar (Possible Action Item)
    • Possibly Moving Nov. 14, 2019 Meeting (to the Week of Nov. 4–8)
    • Meeting Durations
  9. Executive Director's Report (Information Item)
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment

July 18, 2019 - Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines: State Register (Vol. 43, No. 51)
  1. Call to Order
  2. Chairs Opening Statement
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony
  4. Adjournment

Proposed Modifications   
Public Hearing Audio

June 6, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from May 9, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Possible Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines Relating to 2019 Regular and Special Session Laws
    • New Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines (Action Item)
    • Amended Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines (Information, Possible Action Item)
    • Technical Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines (Action Item)
    • Legislative Directives to the Commission (Information Item)
  5. Possible Technical Modifications to the 2019 Guidelines and Commentary (Action Item)
    • Technical Errors in 2018 Guidelines and Commentary
    • Technical Errors in 2019 Guidelines Amendments
  6. Clarification of Guidelines section 2.B.1.h (Prior Felony Resulting in Non-Felony Sentence) (Possible Action Item)
  7. Ranking Counterfeit Currency (Possible Action Item)
  8. July 25 Meeting - Work Plan Ideas from Commission Members
  9. Commission's 2019 Meeting Calendar (Possible Action Item)
  10. Executive Director's Report (Information Item)
  11. Public Input
  12. Adjournment

May 9, 2019

Agenda
Approved Minutes
Orientation Workshop
  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from March 14, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. Review of Discussion Notes from April 11, 2019 (Discussion Item)
  5. Repeat Severe Violent Offender - Clarification on Prior Qualifying MD/GM (Possible Action Item)
  6. Issues Related to Escape from Custody (Possible Action Item)
  7. Theft Offenses - Issues and Draft Solutions (Discussion Item)
  8. Ranking Counterfeiting Currency (Possible Action Item)
  9. Technical Modifications to the 2019 Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary (Discussion Item)
  10. Executive Director's Report & Legislative Update (Information Item)
  11. Public Input
  12. Adjournment

March 14, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from February 14, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. The Minnesota Corrections Board and the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission (Information Item)
  5. Murder of Unborn Child in the First Degree: Undefined Minimum Term for Life Sentences (Discussion Item)
  6. Unranked Offenses (Discussion Item)
  7. Guidelines Covering Conditions of Stayed Sentences (Discussion Item)
  8. Legislative Update (Information Item)
  9. Executive Director's Report (Information Item)
  10. Recognition of Service - Outgoing Commission Member
  11. Public Input
  12. Adjournment

February 14, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from January 10, 2019 (Action Item)
  4. 2019 Work Plan Update (Discussion Item)
  5. Legislative Update & Executive Director's report (Information Item)
  6. Public Input
  7. Adjournment

January 10, 2019

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from December 20, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Approval of Commission's Draft 2019 Report to the Legislature (Action Item)
  5. Legislative Preview (Presentation and Discussion)
  6. The Commission's Agency Oversight Responsibilities (Presentation and Discussion)
  7. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

2018 Meetings

December 20, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from November 8, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Adopt or Reject Proposal to Amend the Sentencing Guidelines (Action Item)
  5. Effective Date of Sentencing Guidelines Modifications After State v. Kirby (Discussion, Possible Action Item)
  6. Review of Commission's Draft 2019 Report to the Legislature (Discussion, Possible Action Item)
  7. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  8. Public Input
  9. Recognition of Service - Commissioner of Corrections Tom Roy
  10. Adjournment

December 13, 2018 - Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines: State Register (Vol. 43, No. 20)
  1. Call to Order
  2. Chairs Opening Statement
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony
  4. Adjournment

Proposed Modifications  
Public Hearing Audio

November 8, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from October 11, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Draft Proposal to Amend the Sentencing Guidelines (Action Item)
  5. Commission's 2019 Report to the Legislature (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  6. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  7. Public Input
  8. Adjournment

October 11, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from September 13, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Criminal History Policy (Discussion/Possible Action Item)
  5. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  6. Public Input
  7. Meeting Start-Time (Discussion/Possible Action Item)
  8. Adjournment

September 13, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from July 26, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Stakeholder Memo dated August 3, 2018 (Discussion Item)
    • Review Written Input Received by August 3, 2018 
    • In-Person Stakeholder Input
    • Commission Discussion
  5. NASC Report  (Information item)
  6. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  7. Public Input
  8. Adjournment

July 26, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from June 7, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Review of Public Hearing Record (Information Item)
  5. Accept or Reject Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines (Action Item)
    • New Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Technical Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Non-Legislative Modifications
      • Statement of Purpose and Principles
      • Felony Escape from Electronic Home Monitoring
      • Offenses Involving a Dangerous Weapon; Application of Mandatory Sentences
  6. Possible Modifications to Criminal History Scores (Discussion item)
  7. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

July 19, 2018 - Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines: State Register (Vol. 42, No. 51)
  1. Call to Order
  2. Chairs Opening Statement
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony
  4. Adjournment

Proposed Modifications
Public Hearing Audio

June 7, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from May 10, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Possible Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines Relating to Crime Laws (Action Item)
    • New Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Technical Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • New and Amended Crime Laws Not Directly Affecting the Guidelines
  5. Vetoed Child Pornography Review Directive (Discussion Item)
  6. Possible Modifications to Criminal History Scores (Discussion item)
  7. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  8. Public Input
  9. Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission , Past and Present MSGC Members
  10. Adjournment

May 10, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from April 12, 2018 (Action Item)
  4. Robina Institute Recidivism Study - Update (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  5. Possible Modifications to Criminal History Scores (Discussion item)
  6. Roadmap for Remaining 2018 Calendar
  7. Executive Director’s Report & Legislative Update  (Information Item)
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

April 12, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Tornado Drill
  4. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from March 8, 2018 (Action Item)
  5. Minnesota County Attorneys Association's Probation Reform Position Paper  and Commissioner Roy's Probation Informational Handouts & Earned Compliance Credit Report (Discussion Item)
  6. Possible Modifications to Criminal History Scores (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  7. Executive Director’s Report & Legislative Update (Information Item)
  8. Percentages in the Demographic Impact Statement (Discussion item)
  9. Public Input
  10. Adjournment

March 8, 2018

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Welcome New Member and Introductions
  4. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from January 11, 2018 (Action Item)
  5. Criminal History - Potential Areas of Reform (Discussion item)
  6. Executive Director’s Report & Legislative Update (Information Item)
  7. Public Input
  8. Adjournment

January 11, 2018

 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from December 14, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Approval of Draft 2018 Report to the Legislature (Action item)
    • Impact of the 2016 Drug Sentencing Reform Act
    • Review of Other Updates to Draft
  5. Criminal History - Potential Areas of Reform (Discussion Item)
  6. 2018 Commission Meeting Calendar (Possible Action Item)
  7. Executive Director’s Report (Information Item)
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

2017 Meetings

December 14, 2017

 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from November 9, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Robina Institute Recidivism Study - Phase 1 Findings
    • Dr. Julia Laskorunsky, Research Fellow, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  5. Demographic Impact Statement Policy (Possible Action Item)
  6. Draft 2018 Report to the Legislature (possible action item)
    • Impact of the 2016 Drug Sentencing Reform Act
    • Review of Other Updates to Draft
  7. Report from the Chair
  8. Director’s Report
  9. Public Input
  10. Adjournment

November 9, 2017

 
  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from October 12, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines
  5. Statement of Purpose and Principles (Discussion Item)
  6. Demographic Impact Statement Policy (Discussion Item)
  7. Draft 2018 Report to the Legislature
  8. Director’s Report
  9. Public Input
  10. Adjournment

October 12, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from September 14, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines
  5. Statement of Purpose and Principles (Discussion Item)
  6. Minnesota's Criminal History Score: A Philosophical and Historical Background (Presentation and Discussion Item) - Presented by Prof. Richard Frase, Co-Director, Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  7. Criminal History Overview:
  8. Prison Population Projections (Discussion Item)
  9. Director’s Report
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment

September 14, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from July 27, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Criminal History Scores
  5. Possible Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines
  6. Phone Inquiries Regarding State v. Kirby (Discussion Item)
  7. Director’s Report
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

July 27, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from June 8, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Review of Public Hearing Record (Staff Presentation and Possible Action Item)
  5. Accept or Reject Proposed Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines and Commentary (Action Item)
    • New and Amended Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Technical Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Technical Corrections
  6. Criminal History Score - Decay Periods (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  7. Director’s Report
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

July 20, 2017 - Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines: State Register (Vol. 41, No. 51)
  1. Call to Order
  2. Chairs Opening Statement
    • Purpose of Hearing
    • Public Hearing Procedures
  3. Public Testimony
  4. Adjournment
Proposed Modifications

June 8, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from May 11, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Possible Guidelines Modifications Relating to New and Amended Crime Legislation (Action Item) ( Session Laws Reference )
    • Amended Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • New Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Technical Amendments to Crime Laws Affecting the Guidelines
    • Amendments to Crime Laws Not Directly Affecting the Guidelines
  5. Technical Correction: Obsolete Cross-Reference in Comment 2.D.106 (Action Item)
  6. Technical Correction: Remove "Annual" from Cover Page (Action Item)
  7. Criminal History Score - Custody Status Point (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  8. Director’s Report
  9. Public Input
  10. Adjournment

May 11, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from April 13, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Life Sentences for Juveniles in Minnesota ; Commission Member Peter Orput, Washington County Attorney and Prof. Francis Shen, University of Minnesota Law School (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  5. Amending Guidelines Commentary - Defendant's Status as a Parent/Caregiver, Comment 2.D.303 (Discussion and Possible Action Item) [Item 5 Stricken from Agenda, May 11, 2017]
  6. Racial Impact Statements (Discussion Item)
    • Commission Member Mark Wernick Exhibit
  7. Staff Update: Robina Institute Recidivism Study Update (Presentation and Discussion)
  8. Criminal History Score - Custody Status Point (Presentation and Discussion Item) (Tabled)
  9. Technical Corrections to Guidelines Commentary - Revoked Stay of Adjudication, Comment 2.D.106 (Possible Action Item)
  10. Staff Legislative Update (Discussion and Possible Action Item)
  11. Director’s Report
  12. Public Input
  13. Adjournment

April 13, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from March 9, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Racial Impact Statements (Update)
  5. Criminal History Score - Felony Points (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  6. Children of Incarcerated Caregivers (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  7. Director’s Report
  8. Public Input
  9. Adjournment

March 9, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from January 12, 2017 (Action Item)
  4. Repeat Violent Offender Research Update, Commissioner of Corrections Roy (Discussion Item)
  5. Life Sentences for Juveniles in Minnesota (Discussion Item)
  6. Guidelines Implications of State v. Haywood, 886 N.W.2d 485 (Minn. 2016) (Discussion Item)
  7. Review of Revised Racial Impact Statement Policy (Discussion Item)
  8. Criminal History Score Review and Robina Institute Update (Presentation and Discussion Item)
  9. Director’s Report
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment

January 12, 2017

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
  3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes from December 30, 2016 (Action Item)
  4. Review of Final 2017 Report to the Legislature (Discussion and Possible Action Item)
  5. Life Sentences for Juveniles in Minnesota (Discussion Item)
  6. Guidelines Implications of State v. Haywood, 886 N.W.2d 485 (Minn. 2016) (Discussion Item)
  7. Review of Revised Racial Impact Statement Policy (Discussion and Possible Action Item)
  8. Memorandum of Understanding with Robina Institute - Update and Possible Approval (Discussion and Possible Action Item)
  9. Director's Report
  10. Public Input
  11. Adjournment
 

2016 Meetings

December 30, 2016

 

November 17, 2016

 

October 26, 2016


September 28, 2016


August 24, 2016


July 27, 2016


Public Hearing July 20, 2016 

June 8, 2016


April 27, 2016


March 23, 2016

 

January 27, 2016

 

2015 Meetings

  Public Hearing Summary
 

November 18, 2015

October 28, 2015

Minutes
 

September 23, 2015

 

August 26, 2015

 

July 22, 2015

  • Accept or Reject Proposed Amendments to the Guidelines and Commentary
  • Commission Work Plan Discussion
 

June 18, 2015 (included new member workshop)

 

May 21, 2015

 

April 16, 2015

 

March 19, 2015

 

February 19, 2015

 

2014 Meetings

December 18, 2014

  • Final Review and Approval of Draft Report to the Legislature
 

November 20, 2014

  • Response to Representative Debra Hilstrom's Letter
  • Review Draft Report to the Legislature
 

November 6, 2014

  • Updated Consecutive Sentencing Policy Proposals
  • Consecutive Supervised Release Issue
  • Consecutive Supervised Release Discussion
 

October 16, 2014

 

September 18, 2014

 

July 24, 2014

 

June 19, 2014

 

May 22, 2014

 

March 20, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

January 16, 2014

Agenda

Minutes



2013 Meetings

 

December 19, 2013

Agenda

Minutes

November 21, 2013

Agenda  

Minutes

October 17, 2013

Agenda

Minutes

October 15, 2013 Round Table 

 

September 19, 2013

Agenda
Minutes

July 18, 2013 Agenda

Minutes

June 5, 2013

Agenda

Minutes

May 16, 2013

Agenda
 
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