David Soulé

Executive Director, MSCCSP

David Soulé is the Executive Director of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy (MSCCSP). The MSCCSP is a state agency affiliated with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. As Executive Director of the MSCCSP, Dr. Soulé is responsible for oversight of all of the agency operations. He is currently leading the development and implementation of the Maryland Automated Guidelines System (MAGS). Dr. Soulé has also recently led a study on alternatives to incarceration and helped coordinate a systematic review of how juvenile delinquency history impacts adult criminal sentencing. 

David earned both a Ph.D. and MS degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Prior to his appointment at the MSCCSP, Dr. Soulé served as a research associate with the University of Maryland where he was a co-principal investigator and program manager for a statewide evaluation examining the influence of after-school programming on juvenile delinquency and victimization. Dr. Soulé has presented at a variety of state and national conferences including the Maryland Judicial Conference, the American Society of Criminology annual conference, the Society for Prevention Research, and the National Sentencing Policy Institute. Additionally, he has served as principal author or co-author of published articles in a variety of academic journals, including most recently in the Federal Sentencing Reporter, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy and Columbia Law Review. He also served as a consultant on a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seminar examining incapacitation effects. Dr. Soulé was elected to the Executive Board of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) in 2008 and served as the Vice-President of NASC for two years.

Areas of Interest:
  • Sentencing Policy, Corrections Policy, Policing, Risk Assessment, Juvenile Delinquency, Program Evaluation
Personal Website:
  • MA University of Maryland
  • Ph.D University of Maryland
  • BS College of New Jersey
  • David A Soulé
4511 Knox Road, Suite 309
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Phone: (301) 403-2707
Email: dsoule@umd.edu