ctsc: Evidence-Based Sentencing

Proposed Study of Evidence-Based Sentencing

Project Description

At its September 2015 meeting, the Sentencing Commission authorized its Research Committee to distribute a call for proposals regarding a possible study of evidence-based sentencing.

Evidence-based sentencing incorporates the results of validated risk and needs assessment measures, in addition to the severity of the instant offense, to determine the likelihood of re-offending and the need for sentences of a different length and/or specialized services. 

This study seeks to determine: (1) whether sentencing practices in Connecticut, which are most frequently determined through plea agreement, have resulted in sentences that are relatively consistent with sentences that would have resulted from risk and needs assessment-based sentences;  (2) what types of offenders are typically sentenced for longer or shorter periods than the assessments would suggest; and (3) the recidivism patterns for offenders whose sentences are congruent with risk and needs assessment, versus those whose sentences deviate from risk and needs assessments.

Proposals should be submitted to sentencingcommission@ccsu.edu as PDF attachments by 12:00AM EST on December 4th, 2015. Please see Invitation For Proposals (below) for more information. The full press release is available here.

 Documents & Information

 Invitation For Proposals

  {MP3}    Conference Call Audio

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