Many thanks to the 120+ guests who joined us on April 16, 2015 at the Utah Law and Justice Center for a Public Forum on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, jointly presented by the Utah Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Libertas Institute and ACLU of Utah.
As we promised the evening of this event, we are providing here on this webpage some of the materials that were shared there. We are also happy to share a link to the video recording of the forum (with thanks to Libertas for filming!):
At the bottom of this page, you will find the following materials:
- Keith Hamilton's PowerPoint presentation, "A PRACTICAL PRIMER ON UTAH’S INDETERMINATE SENTENCING STRUCTURE AND THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLE."
- Sharel Reber's handout, "Board Decision Process, Factors and Considerations."
Who REALLY decides how long you spend in prison?
With Utah's unique sentencing system, a person convicted of a crime can actually receive a sentence that is as broad as "five years to life." That is a pretty big span of possibilities! So who really decides how long that person will be in prison?
Utah's Board of Pardons and Parole ends up playing a powerful role in deciding if an inmate is ever released from prison. The Board's decisions cannot be challenged by the inmate or her/his attorney. With such great power and discretion, this government entity deserves more attention.
We invite you to come and learn more about how the Board of Pardons and Parole contributes to the length of stay for prison inmates in Utah.
Public Forum on the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole:
Assessing Release Decisions, Offender Needs, and Recidivism Rates
Thursday, April 16, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Utah Law and Justice Center
645 South 200 East, SLC
Ron Gordon, Executive Director, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Keith Hamilton, Former Chair, Utah Board of Pardons and Parole
Lorenzo Miller, Former Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole
Sharel Reber, Assistant Attorney General currently assigned to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole