July 14, 2008
Seeking help covering USSC alternatives to incarceration symposium
Because of other work commitments, I am unable to attend the United States Sentencing Commission's two-day symposium on alternatives to incarceration which starts this morning in DC (details here and here). The official agenda looks amazing, and the topics covered should be of interest to lots folks both inside and outside the Beltway.
I have on good authority that the USSC will be posting written testimony from the event, and I am hopeful there will be some mainstream media coverage in the days ahead. But I would also be grateful for any reports from the event either through comments to this post or via e-mail.
Some recent related posts:
- US Sentencing Commission symposium on incarceration alternatives
- USSC press release about alternatives symposium
- Wash Post urges stop to "warehousing nonviolent offenders"
- Two potent commentaries assailing mass incarceration
- Potent pieces on prison nation from the Boston Review
- Why is Senator Jim Webb the only national figure focused on the prison economy?
July 14, 2008 at 08:42 AM | Permalink
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Wish somebody would ask the USSC why there is no crime for which probation is the guideline sentence, that is the presumptive sentence under the guidelines? That's an alternative to incarceration that Congress mandated, essentially, in the statute requieing the USSC to "insure" that the guidelines "reflect the appropriateness of imposing a sentence other than imprisonment" for first offenders who commit non-violent, non-serious offenses. 28 USC 994(j). But there is no crime for which the guidelines consider imprisonment inappropriate (that is, imprisonment never requires a departure, no matter how trivial the offense). "Why is this?," someone might ask.
Posted by: David in NY | Jul 14, 2008 10:43:31 AM
Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Jul 15, 2008 11:31:53 AM