Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration

Hosted by Columbia University and the Aleph Institute at Columbia Law School

June 17-18, 2019

No Registration Fees | CLE Accredited in NY, CA, and PA | Certificates available for CLE applications in additional states


What is the Rewriting the Sentence Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration?

This is a high-level summit that aims to highlight the range of alternative sentencing policies and programs that are currently operating in the U.S. and abroad, and look more deeply at their effectiveness and functional requirements. It will include a wide range of perspectives on these issues.

Who will participate in the summit?

The summit will bring together an unprecedented number of current and former leaders and senior government officials who have served on the front lines of day-to-day operations in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, government, judiciary, defense, forensic social workers and psychologists, and nonprofits, as well as formerly incarcerated people, victims and advocacy groups.

What are the summit’s objectives?

Beyond education, The Rewriting the Sentence Summit on Alternatives to Incarceration will use plenary, breakout and interactive sessions to generate substantive dialogue between all delegates and identify key priorities for:

  • Expanding the use of effective alternative sentencing programs while enhancing public safety, including the mechanisms of discretion (police, prosecutorial and judicial) and legislative reforms;
  • Addressing public safety concerns over its broadened use and practical barriers to expansion and launching effective new programs in new jurisdictions, including operational limitations, program evaluation and public education;
  • NGOs that can help to support broader application of effective alternative sentencing, eg. ubiquity of access and other measures and peripheral programs to help ensure successful reentry.

What sets the summit apart from other events?

The number of high-level participants; the balance between reformers and healthy skeptics; the interactive session; and the focus on making connections and producing outcomes that include the development of a database of best practices and an informal network for future coordination and support.

Highlights from the 2016 Summit

Acclaim for Aleph’s Prior 2016 Alternative Sentencing Key Stakeholder Summit:

  • “I thought the summit was worthwhile for any judge that sits on a criminal calendar. Each session was very thought provoking. Thank you to those at the Institute for being great hosts.”

    Hon. Mark A. Violante Chief Judge, City Court of Niagara Falls, New York
  • “Reform efforts such as those discussed at the summit can provide prosecutors and judges with greater flexibility and more tools to address the facts of individual cases, seeking to serve the twin goals of punishment and deterrence while also serving society’s compelling interest in the rehabilitation of individuals.”

    Hon. Emmet Sullivan U.S. District Judge, District of Columbia
  • “Thanks ever so much to you and your colleagues for an amazing two days of rich discussions. You covered, very effectively, an array of issues related to alternatives and sentencing reforms. Thanks again to all at Aleph. It was an amazing conference!”

    Mary Adele Greer Senior Criminal Law Advisor, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
  • “The ASKS Summit was an important step in our country’s journey towards reducing both crime and incarceration. The bipartisan nature of the event drives home that both left and right see the need to work together now to reform our criminal justice system.”

    Hon. Tim Purdon Former U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota

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