Policy Insights 2016: Conference Workshop Will Discuss Sentencing Reform in California

In recent years a series of policy changes — including Proposition 47 — have been adopted with the goals of reducing state incarceration, investing in communities, and providing community-based alternatives to imprisonment. Last week, Governor Brown proposed a ballot initiative that aims to continue this progress and tackle ongoing prison overcrowding.

Continued reform of sentencing laws is critical to reducing California’s overreliance on incarceration, which contributes to persistently high state corrections spending. A workshop at Policy Insights 2016 will explore opportunities — including the Governor’s proposal — to improve sentencing policies as well as consider how San Francisco’s unique local sentencing commission might help inform state-level reform efforts. Scott Graves, Director of Research for the California Budget & Policy Center will be moderating this session, which features the following panelists:

  • Tara Anderson, Policy & Grants Manager, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
  • Hon. George Eskin, California Superior Court Judge (Ret.), County of Santa Barbara
  • Ignacio Hernandez, Founder/President, Hernàndez Strategy Group, LLC

We hope you can join us at Policy Insights on March 9, 2016, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Our conference will feature a variety of other timely sessions on tax and budget policy, health, education, and much more. For an updated list of panelists, visit our registration page.

Early-bird registration ends Friday, February 19, so register today.

— Janis Yee