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The New Massachusetts Sentencing Guidelines: What Judges Should Know

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Program Materials: Judges must login to download program materials or contact us to request a copy by email.
 

Co-sponsored with the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Panelists and Planners:

Superior Court Judge John T. Lu (Program Chair/Moderator)
Chair, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Shira Diner, Esq.
Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Training Unit, CPCS
Voting Member and defense representative, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Lee J. Gartenberg, Esq.
Director of Inmate Legal Services, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
Former Member, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Sarah M. Joss, Esq.
Deputy Legal Counsel
Massachusetts Probation Service

Lee M. Kavanagh
Research Director
Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Dean A. Mazzone, Esq.
Deputy Chief, Criminal Bureau, Attorney General’s Office
Voting Member and prosecution representative, Massachusetts Sentencing Commission


The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission recently approved a major and historic overhaul to the Sentencing Guidelines (effective November 24, 2017), intended as an attempt to create the most advanced state system in the United States given the statutory framework.

This afternoon program for Massachusetts judges will look at what is new and what has changed. Participants will be shown how to use the Guidelines to calculate a defendant’s history. Panelists will address the problems you should anticipate in the practical application of the Guidelines and how judges can most effectively use them.

The agenda will also include:

  • The impact of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic factors on sentencing
  • The differences between juveniles, emerging adults and adults
  • The best use of Probation to meet the “criminogenic” needs of the defendant
  • The role of probation officers in making recommendations under the Guidelines and the training they are receiving
  • The new Criminal Justice Bill

The new Guidelines are complex, so don’t miss this chance to learn about breaking updates, corrections, and clarifications. Chock full of very useful and timely information, this program is “a must” for both new and experienced judges!