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U.S. Sentencing Commission and restorative justice

by Lisa Rea

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has now created a victim advisory group which 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. 


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