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2021 Sentencing Workshop Series
Please join the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) and the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a series of virtual sentencing workshops that bring together leaders from sentencing commissions, the judiciary, and academia.
Vetting Wrongful Convictions: Perspective, Approach, and Strategy
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 12–1:30 p.m. CDT / 1–2:30 p.m. EDT | Zoom
This moderated panel discussion will focus on how jurisdictions are addressing wrongful convictions. The invited panelists will share their respective approaches to addressing wrongful convictions and candidly discuss which strategies are working and which are falling short. The panel will discuss a variety of approaches such as conviction integrity units and standalone commissions, and provide their thoughts on how to best move forward.
Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser, chief deputy, Conviction Integrity Section, Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General
Valerie Newman, director, Conviction Integrity Unit, Wayne County, Michigan
Lindsey Guice Smith, executive director, North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission
Judge Gene Zmuda, chair, Ohio Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review
John Hollway, executive director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice
Justice Counts: Using Data to Inform Policy and Bolster Public Safety
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 12–1 p.m. CDT / 1–2 p.m. EDT | Zoom
This moderated panel discussion focused on a new national initiative designed to help states make criminal justice data more accessible, clear, and usable for policymakers. Backed by a coalition of 21 national partner organizations and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, Justice Counts brings together state and local leaders to reach consensus about a limited set of criminal justice metrics that leaders can use to inform budget and policy decisions. The initiative also includes a scan of public, aggregate-level criminal justice data and identifies existing gaps in data reporting.
Recordings coming soon.
Megan Grasso, deputy program director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
Sarah Lee, policy analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
Carl Reynolds, senior legal and policy advisor, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
Ken Sanchagrin, executive director, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
Scott Schultz, executive director, Kansas Sentencing Commission
Bennet Wright, executive director, Alabama Sentencing Commission
Information coming soon on additional series events.