Criminal Justice in the Commonwealth:
Is It Time for a New Approach to Sentencing?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST
General Assembly Building
House Room D
1000 Bank Street
Richmond VA 23219

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Does it always pay for the Commonwealth to be “tough on crime”? While other states have moved toward new, more effective approaches to sentencing and rehabilitation, Virginia spends about $1 billion on corrections and has the 15th highest imprisonment rate in the nation.

There is a healthy dialogue to be had about whether every individual guilty of a non-violent crime should be incarcerated, especially in view of the often harsh collateral consequences of imprisonment.

How can Virginia expand opportunity for people caught up in the system? And is there a better, more cost-effective way for the Commonwealth to deal with crime? Please join us for a conversation on how incarceration impacts individual and societal well-being-and how smart criminal justice reform in Virginia can increase opportunity.

A. Barton Hinkle
(@ABartonHinkle), Senior Editor and Columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Hinkle has won a Pulliam Fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists; the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize from the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; the Bastiat Prize from the International Policy Network; and several honors from the Virginia Press Association. He has a twice-weekly column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, contributes to Reason magazine, and has had his work appear in Regulation and The Weekly Standard.


Hon. Ken Cuccinelli (@KenCuccinelli), former Attorney General of Virginia
Prior to his tenure as Virginia’s attorney general, Cuccinelli served as a Virginia state senator for eight years, working on several committees. Long an outspoken advocate for constitutional rights, he has worked for several years to end human trafficking. Cuccinelli is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the George Mason University School of Law.

Craig M. DeRoche (@craigderoche), President, Justice Fellowship
DeRoche joined Justice Fellowship in 2011, serving successively as director of external affairs, vice president, and, since 2013, president. He previously served as speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing seven growing suburban Detroit communities.

Frank Knaack (@frankknaack), Director of Public Policy and Communications, American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
Knaack is a graduate of both the University of Vermont and The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Prior to arriving in Virginia, he served as the associate director of public policy and advocacy at the ACLU of Texas, where he developed and managed the organization’s state-wide campaigns.

Sen. Frederick M. Quayle, former Member, Virginia Parole Board
Quayle served as state senator for Virginia’s 13th district from 1992 to 2012, representing his home city of Suffolk and sitting on several committees. After retiring from the Virginia Senate, he was appointed to the Virginia Parole Board. Quayle is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond School of Law.

Marc Schindler (@marc4justice), Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute
Prior to joining Justice Policy Institute, Schindler was a partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners, leading the Social Innovation Fund youthCONNECT initiative. He previously served as general counsel, chief of staff, and interim director for DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and as a staff attorney with the Youth Law Center. Schindler is a graduate of Yale and the University of Maryland School of Law.

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