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May 20, 2024

Event at Villanova this week follows up Federal Sentening Reporter issue on "Drug Testing and Community Supervision"

I am pleased here to be able to highlight both the latest issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and this event slated for this Wednestday (5/22) at Villanova Law serving as a follow up to this FSR issue.  This FSR issue is titled "Drug Testing and Community Supervision: Interrogating Policy, Practice, and Purpose," and it includes nearly a dozen original articles looking drug testing of persons while on community supervision from a variety of perspectives.  Here are the Editors' Notes previewing the contents of the FSR issue:

The supervision of individuals serving probation and parole never receives quite the same attention as incarceration topics, but millions of persons in our communities deal with these realities every day.  In particular, drug testing for persons on community supervision affects many of the nearly four million people on probation and parole in the United States, even though the justification for its use and its burdens are not always clear and rarely subject to significant scrutiny.  This issue of FSR, which results from the collaborative efforts of Arnold Ventures, the Center for Justice Innovation, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University, and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, takes a closer look at what an evidence-driven and humane approach to drug testing under supervision might look like.  The FSR editors are grateful for the collaborative efforts that helped produce this issue, and we extend special thanks to Matt Watkins and Oliva Kramer of the Center for Justice Innovation for their efforts assembling and editing the articles that comprise this issue.

And here is the registration page for the Vilanova Law event, which provides these (and other) particulars:

"Testing Justice: Drug Testing and Community Supervision"

Presented by the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance Wednesday, May 22, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

In an effort to address and shape public conversations about criminal justice, drug policy and enforcement, the Girard-diCarlo Center will host a discussion on Wednesday, May 22 at Villanova Law. “Testing Justice: Drug Testing and Community Supervision” is a continuation of the conversations held at the convening in November 2023, the recent issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and the ethics, policies and laws surrounding drug enforcement in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this symposium for 1.5 Substantive CLE credits. Please note registration is required to receive CLE credit.  A reception will follow the event in the Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo ’73 and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo ’74 Student Lounge.

4:30–6:00pm Panel: The Pennsylvania Experience

  • Sen. Camera Bartolotta, Pennsylvania State Senate for the 46th District
  • Jordan Hyatt, Director of the Center for Public Policy & Associate Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, Drexel University
  • LaTonya Myers, Founder, Above All Odds
  • N. Jeannette Palmer-Briscoe, Chief Probation/Parole Officer, Philadelphia Adult Probation & Parole Department
  • Sen. Anthony Williams, Pennsylvania State Senate for the 8th District
  • Moderated by Steven Chanenson, Faculty Director of the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance & Professor of Law, Villanova Law

May 20, 2024 at 07:49 PM | Permalink


"Chanenson has been recognized for his dedication to public service. On behalf of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Justice Clarence Thomas presented him with the Judge Joseph Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Field of Law in a June 2005 ceremony at the United States Supreme Court....Chanenson also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the Criminal Division in Chicago before joining the Villanova Law faculty."

You can't find a better man than Steve Chanenson. If you're going to this event, tell him I said hello.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 20, 2024 9:05:44 PM

Agreed, Bill. Will do.

Posted by: Doug B | May 21, 2024 8:31:58 AM

Doug --


Posted by: Bill Otis | May 21, 2024 11:21:16 AM

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