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NASC 2024 Conference

Raleigh, North Carolina

August 6-8, 2024
Hosted by the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission


Registration for the 2024 NASC Conference is open! For registrations submitted through July 5, the early-bird registration fee is $425. On July 6, the registration fee will increase to $475.

Details, including lodging information, are available at the NASC Eventbrite registration page:

We look forward to seeing you all in Raleigh!

2024 Conference Theme


This year marks the second year of the thirty-year celebration of NASC. The 2024 conference theme is:

NASC Thirty Year Anniversary Conference: Part II (2024)
Sentencing Then and Now: The Role of Commissions in

Sentencing Reform, 1993/1994 to 2023/2024


When the first informal gathering of state Sentencing Commissions took place at the University of Colorado in 1993, criminal justice systems across the United States were in the midst of historically high crime rates and growing correctional populations and costs. While some states had created Sentencing Commissions a decade or more earlier, these challenges coincided with the creation of several new state Sentencing Commissions in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The exact role of Commissions and the precise form of policy change varied by state, but there was typically some form of more determinate sentencing policies such as mandatory minimums, three-strikes laws, or “truth-in-sentencing” policies designed to keep people incarcerated for more of their stated sentence.

  • What was the role of Commissions as part of the adoption, or promotion, or resistance to these policy changes?

  • What is their role today?

  • How are Commissions and processes today different than 30 years ago? 

Please join your colleagues in Raleigh in August 2024 to explore these questions together as we reflect upon thirty years of NASC, how sentencing has changed or stayed the same, and what we can learn from different approaches to address similar challenges across jurisdictions.

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NASC membership is open to anyone who works for or serves on a sentencing policy agency, as well as anyone else in the public, academic, or private sectors who is interested in sentencing--so feel free to  share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

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