Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission's mission is to promote truth in sentencing by formulating uniform sentencing policies, developing systematic sentencing guidelines, and integrating intermediate sanctions within the sentencing guidelines.

About the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission was established in April 1994, by the "truth in sentencing" law, Chapter 432 of the Acts of 1993. The provisions that created the commission and established its mandates were revised and codified as M.G.L. c. 211E. The commission is made up of 15 members, including 3 judges, 3 prosecutors, and 3 defense counsel, along with representatives from the Executive Office of Public Safety, the Massachusetts Sheriff's Association, the Department of Correction, the Parole Board, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and the Victim Witness Assistance Board.

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John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square - G300, Boston, MA 02108

Sentencing Commission resources

Board members

Commission members

Voting members

Voting commission members

  • Voting commission member

    John H. Cunha, Esq. 

    Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Voting commission member

    Shira Diner, Esq. 

    Criminal Defense Training Unit, Committee on Public Counsel Services

  • Voting commission member

    Mary-Alice Doyle, Esq. 

    Deputy First Assistant District Attorney

  • Voting commission member

    Honorable Stacey J. Fortes

    Chief Justice

  • Dean Mazzone
    Voting commission member

    Dean Mazzone, Esq. 

    Senior Trial Counsel

  • Voting commission member

    Carolyn McGowan  

    Senior Trial Counsel, CPCS

  • Voting commission member

    Honorable Lynn Rooney


  • Voting commission member

    Sharon Thibeault, Esq.

    Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office

Ex officio members

Ex officio commission members

  • Ex officio member

    Thomas Turco

    Secretary of Public Safety

  • Ex officio member

    Paul M. Treseler, Esq.

    Massachusetts Parole Board

  • Ex officio member

    Pending Appointment

    Massachusetts Department of Correction

  • Ex-officio member

    Pending Appointment

    Massachusetts Sheriff's Association

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