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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Conference: State Sentencing Policies and Prison Population

Who: Don Stemen and Andres Rengifo of the Vera Institute of Justice
What: National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research in Progress Seminar
Where: 810 Seventh Street N.W., Third Floor, Washington, DC
When: March 7, 2-3:30 p.m.

RSVP: Attendees outside the Office of Justice Programs must e-mail an RSVP by March 2 with name and affiliation to

Over the past 30 years, State sentencing policies have changed dramatically and State incarceration rates in the United States have increased 324 percent. As States struggle to balance public safety with the need to curtail growth in prison populations, many policymakers seek a better understanding of those factors affecting incarceration rates, particularly the impact of sentencing and corrections policies.

Vera Institute of Justice researchers Don Stemen and Andres Rengifo are conducting a comprehensive survey of State-level sentencing and corrections policies implemented between 1975 and 2002 and assessing the ways in which various policies affected State prison populations during that period.

The researchers will discuss their NIJ-funded study and its early implications March 7 as part of the NIJ Research in Progress Seminar Series. Criminal justice professionals, researchers, and students are invited to bring questions and inform colleagues about this free event.

For more information on the research, please visit:

NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. For more information on NIJ, please visit

[Jack Chin]

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