November 19, 2014
The McGeorge Law Review (MLR) held its annual symposium on the subject of "The Long Overdue Reform of California's Sentencing Practice and Policy," on Nov. 7, 2014. The McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy also sponsored the symposium. A video of the symposium is online.
Ten years ago, McGeorge hosted a symposium on reforming California's sentencing scheme that resulted in a report co-authored by several prominent scholars outlining a proposal for reforming California's sentencing scheme. Since then, Associate Dean Clark Kelso, one of the organizers of that symposium, has been at the center of the controversy over sentencing reform in his role as the California Correctional Health Care Receiver for the state's prison health care system. A decade later, California is on the verge of addressing the unsustainable reliance on prison as its solution to crime. This year's MLR symposium revisited reforming California's sentencing practice and policy through a full day of discussion panels
After a welcome by McGeorge Dean Francis J. Mootz III, Clark Kelso moderated a panel discussion with McGeorge Distinguished Professors Michael Vitiello and Brian Landsberg, and Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law at Berkeley School of Law.
Professor Leslie Jacobs, McGeorge Capital Center Director, moderated the second panel. The panel was comprised of McGeorge Professor Emily Garcia Uhrig; Barry Krisberg, Director of Research and Policy at Berkeley School of Law; and W. David Ball, Assistant Professor of Law at Santa Clara School of Law.
The final panel was moderated by McGeorge Associate Dean Raquel Aldana. The panelists were Richard Harris, former Director of Oregon's Department of Human Services Addiction and Mental Health Office; Susan Mandiberg, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar, Professor at Lewis and Clark Law School; Wendy Still, Chief Adult Probation Officer in the City and County of San Francisco; Jeffrey Beard, Ph.D. Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and Clark Kelso.
The symposium program (pdf) is available online and contains some speaker abstracts. The symposium presenters will publish their papers in a spring 2015 issue of the McGeorge Law Review.