Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

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

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

About us

The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission was established in April, 1994, by the "truth in sentencing" law, Chapter 432 of the Acts of 1993. The provisions creating the commission and establishing its mandates were revised and codified as M.G.L. c. 211E. The commission consists 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. 

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

  • Peter Ettenberg
    Voting commission member

    Peter L. Ettenberg, Esq. 

    Defense attorney, Gould & Ettenberg, P.C.

  • Voting commission member

    Honorable Stacey J. Fortes

    Regional Administrative Justice

  • Dean Mazzone
    Voting commission member

    Dean Mazzone, Esq. 

    Senior Trial Counsel

  • 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

  • Edward Dolan
    Ex officio member

    Edward Dolan 

    Commissioner Of Probation

  • Pamela Friedman, M.S.W.
    Ex officio member

    Pamela Friedman 

    Chief, Victim Witness Unit

  • 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