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November 7, 2014

The Long Overdue Reform of California's Sentencing Practice and Policy

  • Sponsored by the McGeorge Law Review and the Capital Center for Law & Policy at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

About the Symposium

Ten years ago, McGeorge School of Law hosted a symposium on reforming California's sentencing scheme that resulted in a report co-authored by several prominent scholars outlining a proposal for reforming California's sentencing scheme. Since then, Clark Kelso, one of the organizers of that symposium, has been at the center of the controversy over sentencing reform in his role as the California Correctional Health Care Receiver for the state's prison health care system. A decade later, California is on the verge of addressing the unsustainable reliance on prison as its solution to crime. It is time to revisit reforming California's sentencing practice and policy.

Program

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Registration & Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. — Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Francis J. Mootz III, Dean & Professor of Law McGeorge School of Law

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Moderator

  • Clark Kelso, Associate Dean, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

Reforming California Sentencing Practice and Policy: Are We There Yet?

  • Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

Substance and Procedure in the Reform of Criminal Sentencing

  • Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, Berkeley School of Law

The Congress, the Courts, and the Structural Injunction: From Prison Reform to Sentencing Reform

  • Brian Landsberg, Distinguished Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Moderator

  • Leslie Jacobs, Capital Center for Law & Policy Director and Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

Reforming the California Division of Juvenile Justice: Lessons Learned

  • Barry Krisberg, Director of Research and Policy, Berkeley School of Law

Redesigning Sentencing: Can Design Thinking Help California Finally Create a Sentencing Commission?

  • W. David Ball, Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara School of Law

Re-envisioning California Habeas Corpus as a Mechanism for Reducing Over-Incarceration

  • Emily Garcia Uhrig, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. — Lunch (Provided)

1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moderator

  • Raquel Aldana, Associate Dean, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

Alcohol- and Drug-free Housing: A Key Strategy in Breaking the Cycle of Addiction and Recidivism

  • Richard Harris, former Director of Oregon's Department of Human Services Addiction and Mental Health Office
  • Susan Mandiberg, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar, Professor, Lewis and Clark Law School

San Francisco's Programs Reducing Recidivism

  • Wendy Still, Chief Adult Probation Officer, City and County of San Francisco

The Rhetoric of Sentencing and Corrections

  • Clark Kelso, Associate Dean, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law

New Developments in Reentry Programs

  • Jeffrey Beard, Ph.D. Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation