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Rethinking Crime and Punishment in America

Three-Part Forum Series to Present Findings of ABA's Justice Kennedy Commission Report

SOURCES: The Open Society Institute—Baltimore, University of Maryland School of Law, American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association
Panelists will examine the high rate of incarceration in the US, the impact of sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences, the importance of judicial discretion and the disproportionate impact of incarceration on minorities.
"Sentencing Reform," the first panel discussion in a planned series, will take place on Wednesday, January 25 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the University of Maryland School of Law Moot Courtroom, 500 W. Baltimore St.

Panelists will examine the high rate of incarceration in the US, the impact of sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences, the importance of judicial discretion and the disproportionate impact of incarceration on minorities.

These panelists will include: Steve Saltzburg, Kennedy Commission Chair, George Washington School of Law; Glenn Ivey, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney; Jim Wyda, Federal Public Defender for Maryland; and Bill Missouri, Administrative Judge for Prince George’s County and Seventh Judicial Circuit.

The moderator for this event will be André Davis, U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy challenged the American Bar Association to study the criminal justice system and to "help start a new public discussion about the prison system." Justice Kennedy concluded that "[o]ur resources are misspent, our punishments too severe, our sentences too long." This three-part forum series presents the findings of the ABA's Kennedy Commission, a year-long, comprehensive examination of the US criminal justice system. Organizers of the series hope that it will be part of a "new public discussion" in Maryland.


Those wishing to attend this free event should respond by Jan. 23 to Justin Schaberg at (410) 234-1092 x213 or email jschaberg@sorosny.org.



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This story was published on January 5, 2006.