Senate Republicans angry at Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission

The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission was established in 1978 for the purpose of developing and maintaining rational and consistent sentencing standards which reduce sentencing disparity, increase proportionality in sanctions, and ensure more equitable and uniform sentencing for convicted felons.

The commission’s members have been appointed by the governor since the commission was established over thirty years ago.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard a bill this week that would require Senate confirmation of the governor’s appointments to the state’s sentencing guidelines commission. Opponents of the proposal see this as retribution for recently suggested guideline changes from the commission and believe the Legislature has enough authority to address concerns about proposals from the commission.

Commission proposals to the Legislature go into effect August 1 of the year they are proposed unless the Legislature votes to reject the proposal.

Senate DFLers are committed to pursuing common-sense criminal justice reform that focuses on prevention, fairness, and redemption, and we will work with the guidelines commission to ensure any proposed changes do just that.

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