The National Association of Sentencing Commissions 2009 Annual Conference

Agenda (PDF)

Sunday, August 2, 2009
1:35 p.m. Baltimore Orioles v. Boston Red Sox
Come join your NASC colleagues for an afternoon of baseball at the beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards!
3:30 p.m. Registration Begins - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer or Renaissance Lobby
6:00 p.m. NASC 2009 Conference Reception - Watertable Ballroom 
Monday, August 3, 2009
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer
8:30 a.m.

Welcome Address - Baltimore Ballroom
Honorable Anthony G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Honorable Howard S. Chasanow,
Chair, Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy

9:00 a.m. Plenary Session I: The State of Sentencing Research - Baltimore Ballroom
Alfred Blumstein, Professor, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Charles Wellford, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland;
Vice-chair, Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy
Cassia Spohn, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Arizona State University
Moderator:  Meredith Farrar-Owens
, Deputy Director, Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission; NASC President
10:15 a.m. Morning Break - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer
10:30 a.m. Break Out Sessions:

Risk/Needs Assessment - Baltimore Ballroom A
James Austin, President, JFA Institute
Christopher Baird, Executive Vice President, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Avi Bhati, Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, The Urban Institute
Moderator:  Kim Steven Hunt, Senior Research Associate, U.S. Sentencing Commission

Influence of Politics and Media on Criminal Penalty Development - Watertable Ballroom
Gabriel Sayegh, Director, State Organizing and Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance
Tom Ullmann, Public Defender, State of Connecticut; Member, Connecticut Sentencing Task Force
Byron Warnken, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
Moderator:  David A. Soulé, Executive Director, Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy

An International Perspective on Sentencing - Baltimore Ballroom B
Kevin McCormac, Head of Secretariat, Sentencing Guidelines Council for England and Wales
Hyungkwan Park, Senior Public Prosecutor and Professor, Legal Research and Training Institute and Special Advisor to the Korean Sentencing Commission
Timothy Webster, Fellow, China Law Center, Yale Law School
Moderator:  Richard Gebelein, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Delaware Department of Justice

12:00 p.m. Luncheon - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer
1:30 p.m. Break Out Sessions:

Sentencing Since Booker - Baltimore Ballroom A
Honorable Deborah K. Chasanow, U.S. District Court for District of Maryland
Paul Hofer, Chief Sentencing Policy Analyst, Federal Public Defenders
Kathleen Grilli, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Sentencing Commission
Moderator:  Kevin Blackwell, Senior Research Associate, U.S. Sentencing Commission

Evolving Roles of Sentencing Commissions - Baltimore Ballroom B
Meredith Farrar-Owens, Deputy Director, Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission
Helen Pedigo, Executive Director, Kansas Sentencing Commission
Kenneth Cowgill, Attorney Advisor, DC Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission
Moderator:  Barbara Tombs, Sentencing Consultant

The Role of Victims in Sentencing Policy - Watertable Ballroom
Russell Butler, Director, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center
Robert Davis, Senior Research Analyst, RAND
Danielle Sered, Director, Common Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
Moderator:  Kira Antell, Congressional Liaison, U.S. Sentencing Commission

2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer
3:00 p.m. Round Table Discussions:

Forward Thinking in Bureau of Justice Statistics Collections - Watertable Ballroom A
Chair:  Thomas Cohen, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Practitioner Application of Risk/Needs Assessments - Watertable Ballroom C
Chair:  Helen Pedigo, Executive Director, Kansas Sentencing Commission

Rebuilding Justice in Eastern Europe - Kent (6th floor)
Chair:  Richard Gebelein, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Delaware Department of Justice

Restorative Justice Applications - Baltimore Ballroom A
Chair:  Danielle Sered, Director, Common Justice, Vera Institute of Justice

A Review of Federal Sentencing Practices - Baltimore Ballroom B
Co-Chairs:  Dennis E. Curtis, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; Brent Newton, Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Sentencing Commission

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer
9:00 a.m. Plenary Session II: The Consequences of Escalating Incarceration Rates - Baltimore Ballroom
Michael Jacobson, Director, Vera Institute of Justice
Anne Piehl, Associate Professor, Department of Economics & Program in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
Moderator:  Kara Dansky, Executive Director, Stanford Criminal Justice Center;
NASC Vice-President
10:15 a.m. Morning Break - Baltimore Ballroom Foyer
10:30 a.m. Break Out Sessions:

Shrinking Budgets While Meeting Courts and Corrections Needs - Baltimore Ballroom A
J. Michael Brown, Secretary of Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Mark Cohen, Professor of Management and Law, Vanderbilt University
Jack O'Connell, Jr., Director, Delaware Statistical Analysis Center
Moderator:  Gary D. Maynard, Secretary, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

Release Decisions - Baltimore Ballroom B
Mark Bergstrom, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission
Jesse Janetta, Research Associate, The Urban Institute
Jacey Skinner, Director, Utah Sentencing Commission
Moderator Kevin Reitz, James Annenberg Levee Professor of Law, University of Minnesota School of Law

The Interdependence of Jail and Prison Populations and Policies - Watertable Ballroom
Richard Allen, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Corrections
Barry Green, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety, Commonwealth of Virginia
Stefan LoBuglio, Chief, Pre-Release and Reentry Services, Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
Moderator:  Sandy Moll, Executive Director, Arkansas Sentencing Commission

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: NASC Election Results and NASC Annual Business meeting - Baltimore Ballroom