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Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Roundtable

The Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Roundtable took place on May 19-20, 2011 and was organized in response to Senate Bill 1161 of 2010. The event focused on the need to create a risk assessment system that can be used during the sentencing process.

Project Status: Held on May 19-20, 2011

Project Team

  • Program Chair/Panel Moderator: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. (gxz3@psu.edu)
  • Program Chair/Panel Moderator: Doris MacKenzie, Ph.D.

About the Project

  • The Justice Center, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing held the “PA Criminal Justice Roundtable: Costs & Benefits of Risk Assessment” on May 19-20, 2011.
  • Event was organized in response to Senate Bill 1161 of 2010 which directed the Sentencing Commission to create a risk assessment system to be used during the sentencing process.

Project Details

  • Attendees included PA state criminal justice policymakers and experts in offender risk assessment and sentencing from across the country. Several CLJ faculty presented their research at the roundtable.
  • State Senator Greenleaf, sponsor of Senate Bill 1161, delivered the keynote address on the importance of evidence-based practices such as risk assessment.

Implications

  • This roundtable created an opportunity for research partnerships to be formed as part of the effort to bring evidence-based research into the criminal justice system.
  • Led to the funding of a project being conducted by Justice Center researchers to develop a sentencing risk assessment instrument.