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Alternative Sentencing Key-Stakeholders Summit
March 6, 2016 - March 8, 2016

The ASKS Summit is a high-level summit that aims to highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and programs that are currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, and look more deeply at their effectiveness and functional requirements.  It will include a wide range of perspectives on these issues.

Alternative sentencing has been at the heart of improving public safety and includes successful sentencing, reentry and other fiscally responsible criminal justice policies and programs both in the U.S. and around the globe.  As the U.S. starts 2016 with commitments from the President and Congress to pass meaningful federal criminal justice reform legislation, the time is right to evaluate the role alternative sentencing can play in furthering the key objectives of public safety and fiscal responsibility.

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Alternative Sentencing Key ­Stakeholder Summit Agenda
M​arch 7­-8, 2016

Georgetown Law Center Washington, D.C.

Program (subject to change)



8:45–9.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

● Rabbi Lipskar, Founder Aleph Institute (Summit Host)

● Hon. Charles Renfrew, Former United States District Judge and Deputy Attorney

General of the United States (ASKS Summit Chair)

9:00–9:20 Role of alternative sentencing in furthering the objectives of public safety and fiscal responsibility—delivering programs aimed at reducing risk and recidivism

● Hon. Michael Boggs, Chair of Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission,

Appeals Court Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals

9:20–10:10 View from the States: Less Crime and Less Imprisonment through Sentencing and Corrections Reform

Moderator Jake Horowitz, State Policy Director for Pew Charitable Trusts

● Hon. Michael Boggs, Chair of Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission,

Appeals Court Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals

● Juliene James, Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of

Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance

● Senator Gerald Malloy, Member of South Carolina State Senate

● Jody Owens, Southern Poverty Law Center­ Mississippi Law Office

10.10–10:40 View from Corrections ­ Investing in People not Bricks and Mortar

● Gary Mohr, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


10:40­11:00 View from Graduates and Affected Communities:

[Lisa Savard OR Jared Garrison] and Director Gary Mohr (TBC)

11.00–11:20 Morning Break: Coffee (Tea) and Conversation

11.20­12.00 The Attorney General’s Perspective: Tough and Smart Approaches to Public Safety

Moderator Marc Levin, Policy Director & Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Right on Crime

● Attorney General Sam Olens (R­Georgia)

● Attorney General Brian Frosh (D­Maryland)

12:00–12:50 The Judicial Perspective: Discretion and Alternatives in the Federal Context

● Hon. Bernice Donald, Federal Judge Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

● Hon. John Gleeson, Federal District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York

● Hon. Brooke Wells, Federal Judge Magistrate, District Court, Utah

1:00 – ­1:20 ​Break (lunch available)

1:20­2:15 ATRIUM LEVEL BREAKOUTS (boxed lunch available)

1:20­2.15 Changing Incentives in the Criminal Justice System

Moderator ​LB Eisen, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center of Justice

● Jim Parsons, Vice President and Research Director, VERA Institute of of Justice

● Mary Ann Dyer, Program Administrator, Adult Redeploy Illinois Program

● Tim Purdon, Former United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota

1:20­- 2:15 International Case Studies

Moderator Craig de Roche, President and CEO, Prison Fellowship

● Mr. Jan­Erik Sandlie, Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service

● Mr. Vivian Geiran, Director General of the Irish Probation Service, Chair of the

Council of Europe working group: Council of Penological Cooperation PC­CP

● Dr Yoav Sapir, Chief National Public Defender, Israel; Professor of Criminal Procedure at Tel­Aviv University

2:15–2:30 Afternoon Break


2:30­­3:00 Law Enforcement Perspectives ­

Mental Health Treatment: We can do better. We must do better

○ District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles

3:00–3.50: Prosecution Led Diversion & the Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion in the US Experience

Moderator Robert W. Hood, Director, Community Prosecution & Violent Crime Division, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

● John Chisholm, District Attorney of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

● Mark Kammerer, Supervisor of Alternative Prosecutions, Cook County State’s Attorney

3:50–4:40 Judicial Perspectives: Problem Solving Courts

Moderator Anne Swern, Special Advisor to ABA Criminal Justice Council

● Judge Jo­Ann Ferdinand, Brooklyn Treatment Court, Acting Justice, Supreme Court, Kings County, 1994 to Present

● Joseph Madonia, Director, Brooklyn Treatment Court

● Joyce D. Kendrick, Supervising Attorney, Mental Health, Brooklyn Defender Services

● Graduate from Arlington County Drug Court

4:40­5:30 Alternative Sentencing Programs ­ Effective Measurement and Evaluation plus knowledge sharing are key to success

Moderator Marc Levin, Policy Director & Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Right on Crime

● Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

● Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network


March 6, 2016
March 8, 2016




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