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Join us at Rewriting the Sentence II, a dedicated forum for judges, prosecutors, and other decision-makers to come together to achieve concrete and meaningful change by fostering the adoption of alternative sentencing programs and a reimagined approach to keeping our communities safe and thriving.
Rewriting the Sentence II will feature a stellar lineup of speakers, sessions, interactive roundtables, and discussions, and will be well-attended by a diverse representation of judicial, prosecutorial, pretrial, probation, and other legal officials from a variety of states as well as at the federal level.
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While the President considers the U.S. Sentencing Commission appointments, judges and judicial-focused organizations are examining how the agency might better address the myriad ways its guidelines impact mass incarceration. The nation has an opportunity to reimagine how the Commission might use its authority to further decarceration efforts and address other system disparities through its guidelines and policy statements. During this symposium, judges, scholars and practitioners shared their thoughts on these topics and reflected on how legislation like the First Step Act has expanded the use of compassionate release and other opportunities for decarceration.
Over the course of four weeks in May, this virtual symposium offered weekly panels addressing how the U.S. Sentencing Commission can be supportive of federal alternative to incarceration programming, sentencing review mechanisms, promising practices from state sentencing commissions, and changes to the guidelines practitioners and other leaders in the field are interested in seeing once commissioners are appointed.
People in prisons and jails are disproportionately likely to have chronic health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, and HIV, as well as substance use and mental health problems. Healthcare in prison, while a consistent challenge over the years, had an even more urgent focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The danger presented to prisoners was not merely the virus in close quarters but illuminated how underlying conditions present for years could be lethal when combined with the virus, turning increased attention to how prisoners are cared for while in custody.
Reflecting on the role of prison healthcare providers, this webinar featured experts who have provided care and managed the administration of medical services across prison systems. Speakers discussed the unique challenges of providing quality care in carceral settings, the importance of infrastructure supports like functional data systems, training for providers new to this setting, establishing standards of care, and changes that could be made to improve outcomes. The webinar aimed to share information with judges about limitations on adequate healthcare in prisons- a relevant factor when determining sentences, and opportunities for judicial reconsideration of sentences in light of changes in health conditions.
To watch this recorded panel, please visit here.