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July 25, 2007 - Conference to Discuss Criminal Sentencing Solutions

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Media Advisory
July 25, 2007

Contact: Brian Vicente
(720) 890-4247

 

 

Sentencing Issues, Prison Growth and Public Safety

Conference to discuss criminal sentencing solutions

In the 2007 legislative session, Colorado enacted the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission, a body charged with reviewing the state's sentencing policies and recommending changes. Colorado has faced fiscal problems related to prison growth, and other states with similar issues have found sentencing commissions to be effective tools in controlling prison growth, without compromising public safety.

 

What: Open Discussion on Colorado’s New Sentencing Commission
When: Friday, July 27, 2007, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Where: University of Denver Sturm College of Law,
2255 E. Evans Ave., room 190
Who: Rep. Roger Goodman, Washington legislator
Rep. Terrance Carroll, Colorado legislator
Rep. Robert Witwer, Colorado legislator
Hon. Ken Plotz, senior district judge
Don Quick, 17th J.D. district attorney
Jeanne Smith, director, Division of Criminal Justice
Phil Cherner, criminal defense attorney
Christie Donner, director, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition 
Sponsors: Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
CBA Criminal Sentencing Project

 

"This is a critical time to help shape the focus of this commission," said Brian Vicente, head of the CBA Criminal Sentencing Project. "Sentencing commissions in other states have slowed prison growth by adopting structured sentencing, adjusting parole policies, enacting community sanctions and modifying drug laws. This event will provide a framework of areas for the commission to study."

The program will feature Washington legislator Rep. Roger Goodman, the former head of Washington's Sentencing Commission. Goodman will highlight the successes of the Washington Commission in reducing prison costs, while maintaining public safety. Goodman also will discuss his work with the King County Bar Association in Seattle, Wash., where he heads the Drug Policy Project, a high-level partnership of professional and civic organizations examining current drug policies and promoting cheaper, more effective and more humane alternatives.  


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