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.