Superior Court - Best Sentencing Practices

Event Start:
11/16/2017 3:00 PM
Event End:
11/16/2017 6:00 PM

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Social Law Library, Boston, MA
Cost: $15


CPCS approved for 3.0 CLE credit hours for the Post-Conviction, the Adult Criminal Trial and Youth Advocacy Division Panels.

SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants
Professor Cecelia M. Klingele, University of Wisconsin Law School and the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
and members of the Superior Court Sentencing Best Practices Committee
Hon. Jeffrey A. Locke, Chair
Hon. Kenneth J. Fishman
Hon. Janet Sanders
Dean A. Mazzone, Deputy Chief, Criminal Bureau, AG’s Office
Larry R. Tipton, Managing Director, CPCS
Crispin Birnbaum, General Counsel, Mass. Probation Service

In 2014, SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M Carey created separate, multidisciplinary working groups to develop evidenced-based sentencing protocols specifically for the Boston Municipal, District, Juvenile and Superior Courts.

Issued in 2016, each court published particularized procedures and practices that promoted sentencing “best practices” tailored to the types of criminal cases handled by those courts.

The court-by-court protocols match the purposes of sentencing with social-science data and empirical research to determine the best, evidence-based practices to enhance the effectiveness of probation and reduce overall recidivism.

This program will specifically focus on the best sentencing practices designed for the Superior Court. Adapted from a presentation to the Superior Court bench, this training for the bar will provide a summary of the research underlying evidence-based sentencing precepts, will review the application of the specific practices adopted by the Superior Court, and will provide both prosecutors and defense counsel insight on the practical implications of the new sentencing protocols.

The Superior Court’s publication, “Criminal Sentencing in the Superior Court: Best Practices for Individualized Evidenced-Based Sentencing,” will be among the course materials. It provides members of both bench and bar with both Commentary and a detailed description of the seventeen Best Practices adopted by the Court, as well as sections on Resources, Selected Statues, Drug Sentences, Fees, and Probation Violations.

Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito at 617-226-1343 or Space is limited. Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Same day registrations are $5.00 extra. Registration fees are non-refundable. Registrants for this program acknowledge that during the program their photographic or videographic images may be incidentally taken; registrants agree that the submission of their registrations for this program constitutes their written consent to the Social Law Library’s use of any such image in print and online materials solely for promotion of the Library’s noncommercial CLE seminars and other educational events and activities.
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