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New York State Committee on Sentencing Guidelines Public Hearing Statements and Transcripts

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of newspaper clipping and subject files, public comment correspondence files, and public hearing testimony and transcripts compiled by the Committee on Sentencing Guidelines. The series contains copies of incoming correspondence from and committee replies to directors of criminal justice agencies, district attorneys, members of the judiciary, citizen advocacy groups, legal scholars, correctional facility inmates, and private citizens. The series also contains prepared testimony and transcripts of public hearings held by the committee in Albany, Buffalo, and New York City in February of 1985. Correspondence and testimony pertain to the committee's proposals in relation to earned reduction in sentences, prison discipline, determinate sentencing, judicial discretion, and mandatory parole terms.
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Quantity:
2 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1983-1985
Series Number:
14507

Arrangement

Arranged by type of record: newspaper clipping and subject files (alphabetical therein); public comments received in writing (chronological or by subject or type of respondent); and public hearing testimony and transcripts (by location and then chronological).

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of newspaper clipping and subject files, public comment correspondence files, and public hearing testimony and transcripts compiled by the Committee on Sentencing Guidelines. Newspaper clipping and subject files contain material pertaining to numerous aspects of the judicial system, well beyond simply sentencing guidelines. The series contains copies of incoming correspondence from and committee replies to directors of criminal justice agencies, district attorneys, members of the judiciary, citizen advocacy groups, legal scholars, correctional facility inmates, and private citizens. Most of the correspondence pertains to issues at the center of the committee's work, particularly the amount of reduction in sentences earned for satisfactory institutional behavior and the imposition of determinate vs. indeterminate sentences for particular offenses.

The series contains a thick binder of prepared testimony submitted at public hearings held by the committee in Albany on February 7 and 8, 1985; Buffalo on February 12, 1985; and New York City on February 14, and 15, 1985. Testimony is arranged by date of hearing and then by presenting organization or individual. Presenters represent every facet of the criminal justice system and comment on all aspects of the committee's work and all recommendations put forward by the committee in relation to earned reduction in sentences, prison discipline, determinate sentencing, judicial discretion, and mandatory parole terms. Examples of presenters include the commissioner of the State Department of Correctional Services, the State Attorney General, justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, State Division of Parole, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State Parole Officers Association, New York State Police, New York State Bar Association, Hofstra University Law School, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, N.A.A.C.P. Commission on Prison Affairs, and the Parents of Murdered Children of New York State, Inc. The series also contains transcripts of each of the public hearings noted above.

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Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: 14507-86
The Alternative Sentence and Multi-Faceted Programs by Harold Baer, Jr. 1 1
Albany Newspapers 1 2
Binghamton Evening Press 1 3
Binghamton Newspapers 1 4
Brooklyn Bay News 1 5
Buffalo News and Buffalo Law Journal 1 6
Buffalo Newspapers 1 7
The Chief-Leader 1 8
The Clients' Security Fund of the State of New York 1 9
Committee for Modern Courts, Inc. 1 10
Comptroller, New York State 1 11
Cooke, Lawrence H., Chief Judge of the State of New York 1 12
Court Administration, New York State Office of 1 13
The Daily News (New York) 1 14
Empire State Report, Vol. 10, No. 6 1 15
Finding More Space in Michigan 1 16
Hentel, Nathaniel H., Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York 1 17
Jokes (Political Cartoon) 1 18
Knickerbocker News 1 19
The Magistrate 1 20
The National Law Journal 1 21
Newsday 1 22
New York Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 1 (1983): Will Fixed Sentencing Fix the Courts? 1 23
New York Amsterdam News 1 24
New York Newspapers - Miscellaneous 1 25
New York State Municipal Bulletin 1 26
New York Tribune 1 27
New York Tribune Daily 1 28
Oneonta Daily Star 1 29
Parade Magazine 1 30
Plattsburgh Press Republican 1 31
Port Washington News 1 32
The Public Sector 1 33
Rochester Daily Record 1 34
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 1 35
Rochester Newspapers 1 36
Rochester Times Union 1 37
Saratoga Newspapers 1 38
Schenectady Gazette 1 39
Schenectady Newspapers 1 40
Staten Island Advance 1 41
Supreme Court of the State of New York News Release 1 42
Syracuse Herald American 1 43
Syracuse Herald Journal 1 44
Syracuse Newspapers 1 45
Syracuse Post-Standard 1 46
Times Union (Albany) 1 47
Troy Newspapers 1 48
Troy Record 1 49
Utica Newspapers 1 50
Utica Pennysaver 1 51
The Valley News 1 52
Voice 1 53
Watertown Daily Times 1 54
White Plains Reporter Dispatch 1 55
Yonkers Herald Statesman 1 56
1983 October-1984 November Comments Received on the Committee on Sentencing Guidelines 1 57
1984 December-1985 January Comments Received on the Committee on Sentencing Guidelines 1 58
1985 January-May Inmates' Comments on Preliminary Proposal of the Committee on Sentencing Guidelines 1 59
1984 April-June Responses to Committee's Invitation for Comments (by Subject or Type of Respondent) 1 60
1984 December-1985 April Public Comments on Committee's Preliminary Proposal 2 1
1985 February 7-15 Prepared Public Hearing Testimony - Albany (Feb. 7, 8); Buffalo (Feb. 12); New York City (Feb. 14, 15) 2 2
1985 February 7 Transcript of Public Hearing on Determinate Sentencing: A Preliminary Proposal for Public Comment - Albany (Part 1) 2 3
1985 February 7 Transcript of Public Hearing on Determinate Sentencing: A Preliminary Proposal for Public Comment - Albany (Part 2) 2 4
1985 February 12 Transcript of Public Hearing on Determinate Sentencing: A Preliminary Proposal for Public Comment - Buffalo 2 5
1985 February 14 Transcript of Public Hearing on Determinate Sentencing: A Preliminary Proposal for Public Comment - New York City (Vol. 1) 2 6
1985 February 15 Transcript of Public Hearing on Determinate Sentencing: A Preliminary Proposal for Public Comment - New York City (Vol. 2) 2 7