The Commission on Sentencing will meet on November 17-18 in Room 152 of the State Capitol. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. each day. A tentative agenda and other background materials are now available at the commission's website, www.leg.mt.gov/cos.
At the meeting, the commissioners will continue a year-long study of Montana's criminal justice system required by Senate Bill 224. Topics that will be covered at the meeting include:
- the development and use of risk and needs assessments;
- behavioral health and substance use programs;
- the operations of the Board of Pardons and Parole;
- community supervision practices and swift and certain sanctions;
- treatment courts; and
- the perspectives and challenges of local law enforcement agencies.
The commissioners will also hear from a state representative from Utah and a county sheriff in South Dakota about the justice reinvestment work undertaken by policymakers in those states.
The meeting will be broadcast online at www.leg.mt.gov and also on Montana's public broadcasting service, TVMT. For more information about TVMT, visit www.leg.mt.gov/tvmt.
For more information about the commission, please visit www.leg.mt.gov/cos or contact Rachel Weiss (406-444-5367 or firstname.lastname@example.org).