John Jay College Hosts Discussion on the New York State Sentencing Commission’s Proposals for Sentencing Reforms

Panel on Promoting Justice and Sentencing Transparency in an Age of Mass Incarceration

What:  New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will announce his proposal to reform New York’s sentencing laws at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sentencing law in New York is a product of a series of “ad hoc and piecemeal” amendments that have resulted in an opaque and misleading sentencing structure in which sentences for violent crimes and drug offenses are determinate and sentences for non-violent offenses are indeterminate.

Following Chief Judge Lippman’s announcement, a distinguished panel will discuss the reasoning, research and prospects for enacting reforms recommended by the New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing. The proposed reforms aim to remedy the state’s confusing sentencing system and move toward full determinate sentencing for all but the most serious homicide offenses.

Who: Participants include:

  • Nicholas Turner, President of the Vera Institute of Justice; moderator
  • Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Dean, New York State Judicial Institute; Sentencing Commission member
  • Hon. Daniel Conviser, Justice, Supreme Court, New York County
  • Seymour James, Attorney-in-Chief, Legal Aid Society of New York; Sentencing Commission member
  • Paul Shechtman, Partner, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP; former Director of Criminal Justice, New York State; Sentencing Commission member
  • Hon. Cyrus Vance, Jr., District Attorney, New York County; Sentencing Commission Co-chair

When:            Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Where:           Conference room 9.64, Ninth Floor

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

524 West 59th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues

New York City

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