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Re-Examining Mandatory Minimum Sentences in the Era Of

Re-Examining Mandatory Minimum Sentences in the Era Of Criminal Justice Reform
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 Non-Member

New York has a mandatory minimum sentence structure that restricts the sentences that judges can impose on an individual defendant. Speakers from academia, the judiciary, the prosecution, and the defense will examine the historical basis for our sentencing laws, discuss whether mandatory minimum sentences, and particularly predicate sentencing statutes, are a contributor to mass incarceration, and ask whether it is time to re-examine or modify our sentencing statutes.

Insha Rahman, Vera Institute 

Carlos Ivan Calaff, Center for Justice, Columbia University
Honorable Mark Dwyer, New York Supreme Court
Al O'Connor, Brooklyn Defender Services (formerly New York State Defenders Association)
Meg Reiss, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
Vincent Southerland, NYU School of Law

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Criminal Justice Operations | Sarah Berger, Chair

Related Resources:
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The Second Chance Amendment: Legislative Proposal
Report on the First Step Act
Hon. Jon O. Newman on “What’s Wrong With Federal Sentencing?” - The Leslie H. Arps Lecture 2019 (Event Audio)

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