Changes proposed for Minnesota sentencing guidelines

The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission this week presented proposed guideline changes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Guidelines Commission is tasked with rational and consistent sentencing standards for criminals that promote public safety, reduce sentencing disparities, and ensure that sanctions imposed for felony convictions are proportional to the severity of the offense and the offender’s criminal history.

The proposed guideline changes aim to improve the calculation of criminal history scores as well as add a sentencing enhancement for second or severe violent offenses. The proposed changes will go into effect on August 1, 2019 unless the legislature takes action otherwise.