Public Hearing - July 19, 2023


Public Hearing on Retroactivity

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Washington, DC



Pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT).

The public hearing will be held in the Mecham Conference Center in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, NE, Washington, DC. The Commission will also livestream the event. 

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses concerning whether the Commission should designate as retroactive Parts A and B of the 2023 Criminal History Amendment.



Agenda and Witness Statements


Opening Remarks (9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.)

Hon. Carlton W. Reeves 
United States Sentencing Commission

Panel I. Executive Branch Perspective (9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

Hon. Kevin G. Ritz
United States Attorney
Western District of Tennessee

Panel II. Practitioners’ Perspectives (9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)

Sapna Mirchandani 
Assistant Federal Public Defender
District of Maryland

Patrick Nash
Vice Chair
Practitioners Advisory Group

Steve Wasserman
National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys

Break (10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)

Panel III. Advisory Group Perspectives (10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Hon. Ralph Erickson 
Tribal Issues Advisory Group

Francey Hakes
Victims Advisory Group

Joshua Luria
Vice Chair
Probation Officers Advisory Group

Panel IV. Law Enforcement Perspective (11:30 a.m. – noon)

Chief Eddie Garcia
Major Cities Chiefs

Patrick Yoes
National President
Fraternal Order of Police

Lunch (noon – 1:30 p.m.)

Panel V. Community Perspectives (1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)

Mary Price
General Counsel

Alan Vinegrad
Board Member
Center for Justice and Human Dignity

Frank Russo
Associate General Counsel and Director of Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Advisory Council
American Conservative Union Foundation
Nolan Center for Justice

Panel VI. Formerly Incarcerated Individuals' Perspectives (2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Jerome Brough, Sr.

Bernard Gibson, Jr.

Jeffery McReynolds



Related Materials

The Commission also received public comment and performed an impact analysis on retroactive application of Parts A and B of the 2023 Criminal History Amendment.  


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