June 24-25, 2010 │Annapolis, Maryland
The NGA Center, in cooperation with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Center on the States, hosted the Cross Governmental Sentencing and Corrections Policy Forum. Funding for the forum was provided by the Pew Center on the States, with additional assistance provided from the State Justice Institute (SJI).
During the forum, nine state teams comprised of members from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government convened to identify and evaluate strategies to improve state sentencing and corrections policies to reduce corrections costs and improve sentencing outcomes, while maintaining public safety.
Evidence-Based Sentencing to Control Crime and Reduce Costs
- Roger Warren, president emeritus, National Center for State Courts
Criminal Justice Trends: Changes in Sentencing Policy 2001-2010
- Peggy McGarry, director, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice
Virginia's Nonviolent Offender Risk Assessment
- Rick Kern, director, Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission
Earning Release: Sentence Credit Policies for State Prisoners
- Allison Lawrence, policy specialist, Criminal Justice Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Release Strategies
- Catherine McVey, chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
Paroling Authorities: Critical Partners for Cross Governmental Efforts on Sentencing and Corrections
- Peggy Burke, principal, Center for Effective Public Policy
Evidence-Based Solutions to Public Safety Problems
- Elyse Clawson, executive director, Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice
Delivering Results: An Initiative to Embed Portfolio Cost-Benefit Analysis into State Policy Debates
- Sara Watson, senior officer, Pew Center on the States
Evidence-Based Programs and Policies: Picking Them, Passing Them, Doing Them, & Holding Them Accountable
- Steve Aos, director, Washington State Institute for Public Policy
Pew Public Safety Performance Project - Cross Governmental Sentencing and Corrections Policy Forum
Pew’s presentation on past trends and new directions in sentencing and corrections policy can be found on their homepage.
A Guide to Parole Board Core Competencies
This paper from the Center for Effective Public Policy outlines the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities that need to be possessed by individuals who are selected to serve on parole boards or other parole decision-making bodies.
Arming the Courts with Research: 10 Evidence-Based Sentencing Initiatives to Control Crime and Reduce Costs
This brief provides 10 strategies that would allow states to reduce their crime rates while conserving state resources to meet other important needs.
Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing: A Comparative Study in Three States
This study conducted by the National Center for State Courts offers an in-depth examination of sentencing patterns in three states with substantially different guidelines systems.
Crime and Justice Institute Overview
This document is an overview of the services the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources of Justice provides to improve public safety throughout the country.
Cutting Corrections Costs: Earned Time Policies for State Prisoners
This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures looks at ways in which state legislatures are trimming corrections costs while maintaining public safety.
The Impact of Hawaii's HOPE Program on Drug Use, Crime and Recidivism
This brief from the Pew Public Safety Performance Project is an evaluation assessing the HOPE program's effectiveness.
National Parole Resource Center
This newly-established resource center funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and administered by the Center for Effective Public Policy offers a way for parole boards or those working with parole boards to request technical assistance.
One in 31: The Long Reach of American Corrections
This report by the Pew Public Safety Performance Project provides a detailed look at who is in the corrections system and which states have the highest populations of offenders behind bars and in the community.
One in 100: Behind Bars in America 2008
This report by the Pew Public Safety Performance Project details how, for the first time in history, more than one in every 100 adults in America are in jail or prison—a fact that significantly impacts state budgets without delivering a clear return on public safety.
Probation and Parole Violations: State Responses
This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures examines the strategies state lawmakers have used to hold offenders accountable for breaking the rules of their supervision and to maintain public safety, while preserving expensive prison beds for more dangerous criminals.
Right Sizing Prisons: Business Leaders Make the Case for Corrections Reform
This brief by the Pew Public Safety Performance Project features business leaders approach to working with policy makers on public safety issues by sharing strategies for overcoming political challenges to reform and specific policy changes that are already yielding positive results in their states.
State Sentencing Profiles
This overview from the National Center for State Courts provides information on the guidelines, role and contributions of state Sentencing Commissions.