by Lisa Rea
The U.S. Sentencing Commission has now created a victim
will include restorative justice expert Howard Zehr and Illinois crime
victim Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins
The United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency in the
judicial branch of the federal government, was organized in 1985 to develop a
national sentencing policy for the federal courts. The resulting sentencing
guidelines structure the courts’ sentencing discretion to help ensure that
similar offenders who commit similar offenses receive similar sentences.
Hopefully the Commission will seriously consider the importance of
restorative justice as a means to systemic reform.
For comments from Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins regarding her appointment see her
statement below. Jennifer is a former board member of The Justice &
Reconciliation Project (JRP) which advocated for victims-driven restorative
justice nationally. Bishop-Jenkins has been active in national efforts to
abolish the death penalty in the U.S.