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Criminal Justice Conference - Doing Time: Effective Advocacy at Sentencing and in the Parole Process

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This book will discuss effective advocacy in the sentencing and parole process.


Effective Sentencing Advocacy

With Massachusetts jails and prisons dealing with overcrowded populations, and with courts facing burgeoning dockets (often with a reduced staff and shrinking budgets), now is the time for fresh approaches to criminal sentencing.  Learn about resources that exist, both inside and outside the court system, which can provide viable alternatives to incarceration.  


Topics Include:

  •  Tools, tips, and pre-disposition resources available to help obtain the best possible sentence for your client;
  •  Effective ways of presenting mitigating information about your client;
  • Lobby Conferences: strategies for effective and innovative dispositional arguments; and
  •  Superior and District Court judges express their opinions on persuasive sentencing advocacy and alternatives to incarceration.


The Ins and Outs of the Parole Process

For many criminal practitioners, a case concludes when their client is sentenced to a term of incarceration and is escorted from the courtroom in handcuffs to begin serving the sentence. However, attorneys can continue to advocate for clients throughout the parole process. This book will provide a comprehensive explanation of the parole process, from initial hearing to termination. Learn about ways that attorneys can help their clients minimize the amount of time they serve, from developing a creative sentence structure at the plea to advising clients on how to increase their chances of obtaining parole.


Topics Include:

  • Calculation of parole eligibility for both house of correction and state prison sentences, including complex “from and after” sentences;
  • Discussion of the types of parole hearings, and their processes and procedures;
  • Effective representation of clients at “lifer” parole hearings;
  • How to best prepare clients for ”non-lifer” parole hearings;
  • The Parole Board: its role and function, as well as its criteria in determining whether to grant parole;
  • Conditions and supervision of parolees (including discussion of joint supervision with probation); and
  • Parole violations: recision and revocation hearings.
Sponsoring Sections:

Criminal Justice Section

Juvenile and Child Welfare Section

Related Practice Areas: Appeals/Appellate Law, Arbitration/Mediation, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence Law, DUI/DWI Law, Juvenile Law

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Published: June 15, 2010

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