The Alternative Sentencing Key-Stakeholder Summit brings together all key stakeholders in criminal justice to explore the application of alternative sentencing programs for reducing both incarceration and recidivism. Panelists and attendees will share perspectives on the issues and identify priorities regarding extending the use of alternative sentencing measures in practice and mitigating concerns over their broadened use. We hope to present all sides, from efficacy to societal impact and practical application. The ASKS Summit is outcomes oriented. Beyond sharing case studies, ASKS aims to identify priorities for broadening the use of such programs including priorities for alleviating present concerns of their use.
Fair and effective sentencing is at the core of an optimally functioning criminal justice system. Punishments must fit the crime and the sentence should simultaneously provide rehabilitation. The United States has the highest rates of incarceration at the highest expense to tax payers. We also have the longest sentences of any industrialized nation with no comparable reduction in the crime rate. Even leading law enforcement concedes “We know firsthand that more incarceration does not keep our country safe.” (Garry McCarthy, police superintendent of Chicago, and Ronal Serpas, former police superintendent of New Orleans, Co-Chairs of the Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration at the Brennan Center for Justice in USA Today, October 21, 2015)
Much reform is already happening through current judicial and prosecutorial discretion as well as though data-driven, forward-thinking corrections programs that are implementing alternative sentencing practices. These efforts are continually evolving to find better ways to see justice done, punishment delivered and rehabilitation realized. ASKS hopes to encourage continued discussion among those who are currently implementing alternatives as well as those who wish to expand and implement new programs.