June 25, 2020
The Work of Sentencing Commissions in Times of Change
Hosted by NASC in partnership with the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
The spring of 2020 has brought unprecedented levels of societal upheaval, both as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Sentencing Commissions around the country have been asked not only to plan for an uncertain future with uncertain budgets, but to address the ongoing inequalities and injustices within the criminal justice system.
The first installment of the Summer 2020 NASC Virtual Workshop Series will bring together leaders from sentencing commissions and the judiciary. Panelists will discuss the role sentencing commissions should seek to play during this tumultuous time and how, through data collection or other means, they can positively contribute to ongoing criminal justice reform conversations while adjusting to budget uncertainties. Discussion will also address plans and activities of some state commissions, and attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss their work during these tumultuous times.
Judge Stephen L. McIntosh, Franklin County, Ohio and Member, Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission
Meredith Farrar-Owens, Director, Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission
Mark H. Bergstrom, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission
Kelly Lyn Mitchell, Chair of the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission
Douglas A. Berman, Executive Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law