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.

Upcoming Events


NASC Annual Membership Meeting. Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Register Now.

2021 NASC Annual Membership Meeting

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 | 2 p.m. EDT / 1 p.m. CDT | Zoom

The 2021 National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC) Annual Membership Meeting is open to all NASC members. Items on the agenda include the President’s update, Treasurer’s report, and nominations for two positions on the NASC Executive Board. The meeting will also include the All States Update, during which a spokesperson from each NASC member organization will provide a 5-minute presentation on the significant developments in their organization. The Update will serve as an opportunity to inform fellow NASC members of achievements over the past two years.

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NOTE: The previously announced August 10 panel discussion has been postponed.

Previous Events


Vetting Wrongful Convictions: Perspective, Approach and Strategy. Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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 focused on how jurisdictions are addressing wrongful convictions. The invited panelists shared their respective approaches to addressing wrongful convictions and candidly discussed which strategies are working and which are falling short. The panel discussed a variety of approaches such as conviction integrity units and standalone commissions, and provided their thoughts on how to best move forward.

A recording of the event is available to watch on the DEPC Facebook page. A transcript is also available below.

Panelists:
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

Moderator:
John Hollway, executive director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

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Justice Counts: Using Data to Inform Policy and Bolster Public Safety. Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

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.

A recording of the event is available to watch on the DEPC Facebook page. A transcript is also available below.

Panelists:
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

Moderator:
Bennet Wright, executive director, Alabama Sentencing Commission

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Resources:
+ Justice Counts website
+ Justice Counts project overview document