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July 9, 2008

USSC press release about alternatives symposium

As first noted here, next week the United States Sentencing Commission is conducting a two-day symposium on alternatives to incarceration.  The USSC now has posted this official press release announcing the event, which it describes this way:

The United States Sentencing Commission will host a Symposium on Crime and Punishment in the United States: Alternatives to Incarceration on July 14-15, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The symposium will focus on various sentencing options available within the federal and state systems, including the use of sentencing alternatives in combination with and/or in lieu of imprisonment.

Presenters at the symposium include federal and state judges, congressional staff, professors of law and the social sciences, corrections and alternative sentencing practitioners and specialists, federal and state prosecutors and defense attorneys, prisons officials, and others involved in criminal justice. Approximately 250 individuals representing the federal and state criminal justice communities, academia, and public interest groups have been invited to attend.  Topics to be examined include –

  • drug courts and treatment options for certain offenders;
  • alternative sentencing options in the federal and state systems;
  • restorative justice-based programs;
  • prison programs resulting in reduced sentences;
  • the Second Chance Act and re-entry issues; and
  • collateral consequences of convictions.

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Under the sentencing guidelines (USSG sec. 4A1.1(a)(4), a conviction like this are counted as a "previous conviction." "'Convicted of an offense,' for the purposes of this provision, means that the guilt of the defendant has been established, whether by guilty plea, trial, or plea of nolo contendere." The logic of this guideline seems to apply to this situation. One less for Ted, I suppose.

Posted by: Peter Carter | Oct 30, 2008 9:46:19 AM

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