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May 8, 2019

"Rewriting the Sentence Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration"

The title of this post is the title of this great event taking place next month in New York City hosted By Columbia University and The Aleph Institute at Columbia Law School.  Though I have played a small role in helping to plan the event, some folks much more talented than me have arranged for an extraordinary array of great speakers to be at the event (as detailed at this link). The event website provides this overview:

What is the Rewriting the Sentence Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration?

This is a high-level summit that aims to highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and programs that are currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, and look more deeply at their effectiveness and functional requirements.  It will include a wide range of perspectives on these issues.

Who will participate in the summit?

The summit will bring together an unprecedented number of current and former leaders and senior government officials who have served on the front lines of day-to-day operations in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, government, judiciary, defense, forensic social workers and psychologists, and nonprofits, as well as formerly incarcerated people, victims and advocacy groups.

What are the summit’s objectives?

Beyond education, The Rewriting the Sentence Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration will use plenary, breakout and interactive sessions to generate substantive dialogue between all delegates and identify key priorities for:

  • Expanding the use of effective alternative sentencing programs while enhancing public safety, including the mechanisms of discretion (police, prosecutorial and judicial) and legislative reforms;
  • Addressing public safety concerns over its broadened use and practical barriers to expansion and launching effective new programs in new jurisdictions, including operational limitations, program evaluation and public education;
  • NGOs that can help to support broader application of effective alternative sentencing, e.g., ubiquity of access and other measures and peripheral programs to help ensure successful reentry.

What sets the summit apart from other events?

The number of high-level participants; the balance between reformers and healthy skeptics; the interactive session; and the focus on making connections and producing outcomes that include the development of a database of best practices and an informal network for future coordination and support.

May 8, 2019 at 04:32 PM | Permalink


Glad to see there are zero criminal defense practitioners among this fantastic group of speakers.

Posted by: hgd | May 9, 2019 10:29:48 AM

Interesting observation, hgd. One of the headliners, Nancy Gertner, has a rich history as a defense attorney before and after her time as a judge. Also, I am pretty sure there are a number of other defense folks on the agenda (I am arguably one, though not a "real" one). But it is still notable who is being highlighted in these materials.

Posted by: Doug B. | May 9, 2019 2:56:49 PM

Nancy Gertner is a great advocate. It is interesting how we notice who speaks for issues. There is some primal truth in the phrase, "Nothing about us without us."

Posted by: beth | May 9, 2019 8:01:39 PM

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