New Commission Reviewing NY Sentencing Laws

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:26 PM EDT
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New Commission Reviewing NY Sentencing Laws

A new commission headed by a Bronx judge and Manhattan's top prosecutor has been created to recommend the first comprehensive revision of New York's sentencing laws and practices in 40 years.

New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says the panel chaired by District Attorney Cyrus Vance and Judge Barry Kamins includes defense attorneys, judges, legislators, policymakers, academics and victim advocates.

The goals for the Permanent Commission on Sentencing Reform are simplicity, clarity and ensuring laws and policies promote individualized punishment, public safety, reduced recidivism and successful re-entry for inmates and rehabilitation.

Located at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, professor Martin Horn will be its executive director.

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