Minnesota created the country’s first sentencing guidelines commission in 1978 and implemented the country’s first sentencing guidelines structure shortly after.
The commission was created to develop and maintain consistent sentencing standards which reduce sentencing disparity, increase proportionality in sanctions, and ensure more equitable and uniform sentencing for convicted felons.
The commission presents recommendations to the Legislature each year for changes to the sentencing guidelines. Those proposals go into effect August 1st of the year they are proposed unless the Legislature votes to reject the proposal. The commission this week presented its 2021 proposals to the Legislature. Those proposals include two regarding child pornography and a third that deals with commission staff’s employment status.
More information on the state’s sentencing guidelines commission as well as their 2021 recommendations can be found here.