Stanford Law School

National Association of Sentencing Commissions Annual Conference

Philosophy, Policy & Performance

August 3-5, 2008
The Palace Hotel - San Francisco, CA

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SENTENCING COMMISSIONS was created to facilitate the exchange of sentencing information, ideas, data, expertise, and experiences and to educate on issues related to sentencing policies, sentencing guidelines and sentencing commissions. Every year the NASC Conference brings together hundreds of judges, legislators, academics and policy-makers from around the country to examine our nation's experiences with sentencing laws and practices, and to identify emerging issues and innovations.

This year's NASC conference is an invitation for sentencing commissions, commissioners, staff, and partners to consider what it means to build bridges between sentencing philosophy, policy, and performance, and to contemplate their roles in constructing those bridges in San Francisco, one of the nation's most exciting cities.

San Francisco is often called "Everybody's Favorite City," a title earned by its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. Measuring 49 square miles, this very walk-able city is dotted with landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars,
Alcatraz and the largest Chinatown in the United States. A stroll of the City's streets can lead to Union Square, the Italian-flavored North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, the Castro, Japantown and the Mission District, with intriguing neighborhoods to explore at every turn.