Virtual Workshops:

*Vetting Wrongful Convictions

Perspective, Approach, and Strategy


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

12-1:30 p.m CDT / 1-2:30 p.m. EDT



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.

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


*Tuesday, August 10, 2021

12-2:30 p.m CDT / 1-3:30 p.m. EDT



Save the date for these events!


  • A webinar on the topic of racial disparity data, being organized by Dr. Matt Kleiman, the NASC Vice President.

  • A brief NASC annual business meeting. Among other agenda items, there will be an election for two executive committee seats. (Both incumbents, Michelle Hall and Nate Reitz, are eligible and willing to stand for reelection.) We will hold phase 1 of the election (identifying the voting membership and accepting nominations) at the meeting. Phase 2--the election itself--will take place after the meeting, by email and the internet.

  • An all-states update!