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
  • 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