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Tuesday, December 1
Humphrey Forum

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Congress and presidents have usurped the responsibility of courts to set sentences. Legislating ridiculously harsh sentences, giving too much power to prosecutors, and reducing the discretion of judges has helped fill American prisons with low-level, non-violent offenders who should never have been incarcerated. A bipartisan group of legislators are working on sentencing reform. Join us for a discussion with retired US District Judge James Robertson who argues that reform should start by putting power back in the hands of judges.

Hon. James Robertson (Ret.) served with distinction as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia for more than 15 years before his retirement on June 1, 2010, presiding over a docket that included a broad range of complex federal civil cases. He has earned a well-deserved reputation for fairness, integrity, courage, intelligence, decisiveness, compassion, and fair play. A progressive thinker and innovator, Judge Robertson served on the Judicial Conference Committee on Information Technology for eight years and was its chair from 2003 through 2005, presiding over the introduction of electronic filing in the federal judiciary and initiating an on-line system for receiving and reviewing clerkship applications. While an active federal judge, he served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Register for the event here.