Public Hearing - April 18, 2017


Public Hearing on Alternatives to Incarceration Court Programs and Synthetic Drugs

Washington, DC

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Pursuant to Rule 3.4 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, a public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET).

The public hearing will be held at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, DC in Suite 2-500 (South Lobby). The hearing was streamed live. Video of the event is available below.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to receive testimony on alternatives to incarceration programs in the federal court system. The Commission will also receive testimony from experts on synthetic drugs, including their chemical structure, pharmacological effects, trafficking patterns, and community impact.

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*Panel I.      Alternatives to Incarceration: Design and Study
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Vanessa Price
National Drug Court Institute
National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Faye Taxman, Ph.D.
Professor, Criminology, Law and Society Department
Director, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence
George Mason University

Panel II.      Alternatives to Incarceration: View from the Bench
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Honorable Dolly M. Gee
United States District Court
Central District of California

Honorable Bruce Hendricks
United States District Court
District of South Carolina

Honorable Leo Sorokin
United States District Court
District of Massachusetts

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel III.      Drugs: Introduction and Trafficking Patterns
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Eric Wish, Ph.D.
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Shontal Linder
Section Chief, Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals Section
Diversion Control Division
Drug Enforcement Administration

Panel IV.      Drugs: Community Impact and Supervised Release
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Captain Osvaldo Tianga
Broward Sheriff’s Office
Broward County, FL

Dr. John Cunha, DO
Vice-Chief of Emergency Medicine
Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Medical Director
Emergency Medical Services for the City of Oakland Park, FL

Lisa Rawlings, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
Washington, D.C.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Panel V.      Drugs: Chemical Structure and Pharmacological Effects
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Terrence L. Boos, Ph.D.
Section Chief, Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section
Diversion Control Division
Drug Enforcement Administration

Professor Gregory Dudley, Ph.D.
Eberly Family Distinguished Professor and Department Chair
Department of Chemistry
West Virginia University

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

2:15 p.m.

*Due to inclement weather, the original hearing scheduled for March 15th was rescheduled to April 18th. Dr. Shannon Carey was unavailable to testify in person at the rescheduled hearing. Her written testimony was submitted for the record and is available here.