Sound Sentencing Policy: Balancing Justice and Dollars

August 8-10, 2010
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort
Point Clear, AL

The Alabama Sentencing Commission is proud to host the 2010 NASC conference at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama.  This year's conference is located on historic Mobile Bay and only 21 miles from Alabama's beautiful Gulf Shore beaches. 

This is NASC’s 16th conference year, with this year’s conference entitled, “Sound Sentencing Policy: Balancing Justice and Dollars.” NASC is an association that facilitates the exchange of information, expertise, and experiences on sentencing policies, sentencing guidelines, and sentencing commissions, providing an excellent opportunity for criminal justice practitioners around the country to examine experiences and discuss emerging issues on sentencing practice and procedures.  Judges, prosecutors, legislators, statisticians, and victim advocates in attendance, as well as directors and staff from established sentencing commissions, have consistently acknowledged the benefits gained from attending the NASC annual conference.

This year’s conference will offer plenaries, workshops and roundtable discussions on issues relating to sentencing practices and the hurdles sentencing commissions and criminal justice officials must overcome during these times of shrinking budgets and scarce resources, as well as innovative ways that states have faced these challenges.  Welcoming the conference attendees will be Alabama’s Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, Federal Circuit Judge, Bill Pryor, former Attorney General of Alabama and leader in establishing Alabama’s Sentencing Commission, and Commission Chair, Retired Circuit Judge Joe Colquitt, Beasley Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law.