The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission monitoring data contains information on all felony sentences pronounced in Minnesota in a given year. The monitoring data is offender-based, meaning individual offenders sentenced in the same county in a thirty-day period are counted only once; sentences in the monitoring data are classified based on the most serious offense sentenced.
The Sentencing Guidelines Commission completes an annual Report to the Legislature, which contains Adopted Modifications to the Sentencing Guidelines, County Attorney Reports on Criminal Cases Involving Firearms, and a summary of the Commission's activities during the previous year. In addition, reports are created that detail sentencing practices for various offense categories. These reports are generally completed for offense categories for which frequent questions from criminal justice practitioners arise. Finally, the Commission annually updates and publishes a report on offenses left unranked by the Commission.
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The annual Report to the Legislature contains information for which the Commission is required to report: modifications to the Guidelines and use of firearms in crimes as reported by Minnesota’s County Attorneys. The Commission also takes this opportunity to highlight topics that may be of interest to the legislature.
Reports to the Legislature from previous years are available upon request. Please contact us if you wish to obtain a report from an earlier year.
The following reports were issued by the Commission in response to a Legislative request or mandate.
Following are sentencing practice reports issued by the Commission annually. The Annual Summary Statistics for Felony Offenders Report contains information on all felony offenders sentenced in Minnesota. The reports below that focus on felony crimes of interest by topic. Much of the information found in these reports is year-specific, based on the most recent years' sentencing data. The reports also contain some trend information on sentencing practices over time.
Below are reports initiated by the Commission on special topics of interest.
Below are the product of the Collateral Sanctions Committee created and fully funded by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007. Although the Legislature utilized staff of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission for the project, that agency's Commissioners took no part in the collateral sanctions work. The opinions and recommendations set forth here are those of the Collateral Sanctions Committee. They have not been reviewed or approved by the Guidelines Commission.
Some offenses are designated as unranked offenses. When the court sentences an unranked offense, the court must assign an appropriate severity level for the offense and specify on the record why that particular level was assigned.
Recap Reports provide quick, effortless access to offense-specific information by "recapping" sentencing information for that year. For more detailed information about these offense types, complete a data request.