Aleph Institute Presents

ASKS Summit 2016

Summit Details

When: March 7-8, 2016
Where: Georgetown Law School
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Summit Overview

Alternative sentencing has been at the heart of improving public safety and includes successful sentencing, reentry and other fiscally responsible criminal justice policies and programs both in the U.S. and around the globe.  As the U.S. starts 2016 with commitments from the President and Congress to pass meaningful federal criminal justice reform legislation, the time is right to evaluate the role alternative sentencing can play in furthering the key objectives of public safety and fiscal responsibility.

VIDEOS – DAY 1

Rabbi Aaron Lipskar

Rabbi Shalom Lipskar

Opening Remarks Hon Charles Renfrew

View from the States

View from Corrections

View from Graduates and Affected Community

Attorney General’s Perspective

The Judicial Perspective

Changing Incentives Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Perspectives

Prosecution Led Diversion

Problem Solving Courts

From Reform to Reality

Closing Conversations

VIDEOS – DAY 2

Opening Address Reentry

Collateral Consequences

Jobs Reentry Public Safety

International Case Studies

Federal Sentencing Reform

Expectations in Sentencing

Data and Discretion

Importance of Coalitions

Public and Private Partnerships

Will Federal Criminal Justice Reform Pass

Honorable Judge Charles Renfrew

Honorable Judge Bernice Donald 

360 Degrees of Smarter Sentencing

Closing Remarks

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session 2

About the ASKS Summit

What is the ASKS Summit?

This is a high-level summit that aims to highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and programs that are currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, and look more deeply at their effectiveness and functional requirements.  It will include a wide range of perspectives on these issues.

Who will participate in the ASKS Summit?

The summit will bring together an unprecedented number of current and former leaders and senior government officials who have served on the front lines of day-to-day operations in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, government, judiciary, defense, forensic social workers and psychologists, and nonprofits, as well as formerly incarcerated people, victims and advocacy groups.

What are the ASKS Summit objectives?

Beyond education, ASKS will use plenary, breakout and interactive sessions to generate substantive dialogue between all delegates and identify key priorities for:

  • Expanding the use of effective alternative sentencing programs while enhancing public safety, including the mechanisms of discretion (police, prosecutorial and judicial) and legislative reforms;
  • Addressing public safety concerns over its broadened use and practical barriers to expansion and launching effective new programs in new jurisdictions, including operational limitations, program evaluation and public education;
  • NGOs that can help to support broader application of effective alternative sentencing, eg. ubiquity of access and other measures and peripheral programs to help ensure successful reentry.

What sets the ASKS Summit apart from other events?

The number of high-level participants; the balance between reformers and healthy skeptics; the interactive session; and the focus on making connections and producing outcomes that include the development of a database of best practices and an informal network for future coordination and support.

Get the ASKS Compendium
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.

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Summit Speakers include:

  • Hon. Michael Boggs
    Chair of the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission   
  • Hon. Jo Ann Ferdinand
    Presiding Judge of Brooklyn Treatment Court  
  • Senator Mike Lee
    Member of the Judiciary Committee (Invited)   
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee
    Member of the Judiciary Committee (Invited)
  • Hon. Sam Olens
    Attorney General, State of Georgia  
  • Hon. William Barr
    Former United States Attorney General (schedule permitting)
  • Hon. Jackie Lacey
    District Attorney, Los Angeles County
  • Hon. Bernice Donald
    Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit  
  • Hon. John Gleeson
    Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of NY (Invited)
  • Hon. Brooke Wells
    Judge Magistrate of the United States District Court for the District of Utah
  • Anne Swern
    Special Advisor to the Criminal Justice Council and Co-Chair of the ABA Committee on Re-Entry
  • Gary Mohr
    Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • John Wetzel
    Secretetary of Corrections for Pennsylvania

*Speakers subject to change

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Advisory Committee

  • William BarrUnited States Attorney General (1991-1993); Deputy Attorney General of the United States (1990-1991)
  • Hon. Michael BoggsGeorgia State Court of Appeals Judge (2012-present); Co-Chair Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (2011-present)
  • Lanny BreuerUnited States Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division (2009-2013)
  • Paul ClementUnited States Solicitor General (2004-2008), Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (1998-present), Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute
  • Hon. Jo Ann FerdinandPresiding Judge of Brooklyn Treatment Court; Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee on Problem Solving Courts for the NYS Court System
  • Hon. Nancy GertnerProfessor of Practice Harvard University (present); Senior Judge United States District Court (Massachusetts) 2011; Judge of the United States District Court (Massachusetts) 1994-2011
  • Hon. John GleesonUnited States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York (1994-present), Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (1995- present)

  • Jamie GorelickU.S. Deputy Attorney General (1994-1997)
  • Martin F. HornExecutive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission, Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at the John Jay College of City University of New York; Executive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission (present), Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation, (2002-2009), Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction (2003-2009); Secretary of Corrections, Pennsylvania (1995-2000)
  • Hon. Michael MukaseyU.S. Attorney General (2007-2009), U.S. District Chief Judge, Southern District of New York (2000-2006)
  • Sam OlensAttorney General of Georgia (2011-present), Chairman of the Cobb County Commission
  • Hon. Charles RenfrewUS Deputy Attorney General (1980 -1981) ,US District Judge, Northern district of California (1972-1980)
  • Hon. Kenneth StarrU.S. Solicitor General (1989-1993); U.S. Circuit Judge, District of Columbia Circuit (1993-1989)
  • George TerwilligerU.S. Deputy Attorney General (1991 -1993), US Attorney, District of Vermont (1986-1990)
  • Larry ThompsonU.S. Deputy Attorney General (2001-2003) U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia (1982-1986)
  • Seth WaxmanU.S. Solicitor General (1997-2001)

  • Raul AyalaDeputy Federal Public Defender Central District of California; Director of CASA program
  • William BarrUnited States Attorney General (1991-1993); Deputy Attorney General of the United States (1990-1991)
  • Hon. William BasslerUnited States District Judge, District of New Jersey (1991-2006); Superior Court Judge, New Jersey (1988-1990)
  • Lara BazelonAssociate Professor, Loyola University; Director, Loyola Project for the Innocent
  • Douglas BermanLaw Professor, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law (2004-Present)
  • Roy BlackSenior Partner of Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf; Professor at University of the Miami School of Law
  • Hon. Michael BoggsGeorgia State Court of Appeals Judge (2012-present); Co-Chair Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform (2011-present)
  • Benjamin BrafmanProfessor of National Security, Georgetown Law, (1997-present)
  • Lanny BreuerUnited States Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division (2009-2013)
  • Paul ClementUnited States Solicitor General (2004-2008), Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (1998-present), Senior Fellow of the Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute
  • Alan DershowitzLaw Professor, Harvard University; Renowned Defense Attorney
  • Lauren-Brooke EisenSenior Counsel Brennan Center for Justice; Adjunct instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (current); Assistant District Attorney in New York City
  • Norman EisenExpert with The Brookings Institute; United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2011-2014)
  • Hon. Jo Ann FerdinandPresiding Judge of Brooklyn Treatment Court; Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee on Problem Solving Courts for the NYS Court System
  • Angelyn Frazer-GilesDirector of State Legislative Affairs and Special Projects, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Brian E. FroshAttorney General for the State of Maryland (2015-present)
  • Hon. Nancy GertnerProfessor of Practice Harvard University (present); Senior Judge United States District Court (Massachusetts) 2011; Judge of the United States District Court (Massachusetts) 1994-2011
  • Hon. John GibbonsUnited States Court of Appeals Chief Judge, Third Circuit (1987-1990),U.S court of Appeals Judge, Third Circuit (1969-1990)
  • Hon. John GleesonUnited States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York (1994-present), Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (1995- present)
  • Jamie GorelickU.S. Deputy Attorney General (1994-1997)
  • Hon. Richard HolwellUnited States District Judge, Southern District of New York (2003-2012)
  • Martin F. HornExecutive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission, Distinguished Lecturer in Corrections at the John Jay College of City University of New York; Executive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission (present), Commissioner of the New York City Department of Probation, (2002-2009), Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction (2003-2009); Secretary of Corrections, Pennsylvania (1995-2000)
  • Neal KatyalProfessor of National Security Law at Georgetown Law University (1997 – present), U.S. Acting Solicitor General (2010-2011), United States Principal Deputy Solicitor General (2009-2010)(2011)
  • David LaBahnPresident/CEO of Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • Susan LeavellDirector of FOSA: Family & Offender Sentencing Alternative, Washington Department of Corrections
  • Eli LehrerPresident & Co-Founder of R-Street Institute
  • Georgia LernerExecutive Director of the Women’s Prison Association
  • John MalcolmDirector, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies; Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow
  • Hon. Frank McfaddenU.S. Chief Judge, Northern District of Alabama (1973-1982), U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Alabama (1969-1982)
  • Hon. Michael MukaseyU.S. Attorney General (2007-2009), U.S. District Chief Judge, Southern District of New York (2000-2006)
  • Pat NolanDirector of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform; Member of the California State Assembly (1978-1994)
  • Susan NechelesNoted Defense Attorney
  • Sam OlensAttorney General of Georgia (2011-present), Chairman of the Cobb County Commission.
  • Matt OrwigPresident of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA), U.S. for the Eastern District of Texas (2001-2007)
  • Michael PotterDirector of Alternative Sentencing Program and Mental Health Court for the county of Cheshire, New Hampshire
  • Norman ReimerExecutive Director National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • Hon. Charles RenfrewUS Deputy Attorney General (1980 -1981) ,US District Judge, Northern district of California (1972-1980)
  • Howard SkolnickNevada Director of Corrections Director (2007-2011)
  • Hon. Abraham SofaerU.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York (1979-1985)
  • Hon. Stanley SporkinU.S. District Judge, District of Columbia (1985-2000)
  • Howard SrebnickPartner of Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law
  • Hon. Kenneth StarrU.S. Solicitor General (1989-1993); U.S. Circuit Judge, District of Columbia Circuit (1993-1989)
  • Anne SwernVice Chair of the Criminal Justice Section; Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; Former Prosecutor
  • George TerwilligerU.S. Deputy Attorney General (1991 -1993), US Attorney, District of Vermont (1986-1990)
  • Tony ThompsonProfessor of Clinical Law at NYU, founder of the Community Reentry and Reintegration Clinic
  • Alan VinegradU.S. Attorney Eastern District of NY (2001-2002)
  • Michael WadeSheriff of Henrico County, Virginia, Vice President of the American Correctional Association (ACA), Former President of the American Correctional Association (ACA)
  • Seth WaxmanU.S. Solicitor General (1997-2001)
  • Hon. Brooke WellsU.S. District Court Judge, District of Utah (2003- present)

ACCOMMODATIONS

The following are a few of the hotels within close proximity to Georgetown Law University.  Availability is not guaranteed.

  • Hyatt Regency Washington
    400 New Jersey Ave NW,
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 737-1234
    Reference: Corporate Number 58549
  • Liaison Capitol Hill
    415 New Jersey Ave NW,
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 638-1616
    Reference: Georgetown University Law Center Rate
  • Hotel George
    15 E Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 347-4200
    Reference: Georgetown University Law Center Rate

Summit Location

Contact Us

Learn more about the ASKS Summit or contact us if you have any questions

Phone: 310-598-2142
Email: info@askssummit.com

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