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Booker and Beyond: Analyzing Sentencing Reform and Exploring New Research Directions

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This webinar features a discussion of previously published research on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2005 Booker decision - which effectively transformed the United States Sentencing Guidelines from a mandatory to an advisory system.

The presentation will address selected research findings from the last 15 years. Individual participants will briefly review their previous research findings with particular attention paid to the analytic methods used. This will be followed by a brief participant discussion covering the strengths and weaknesses of the various analytic methods and implications for future research. Finally, audience members will be encouraged to join the discussion, ask questions, and offer thoughts and insights on the topic.


  • Paul Hofer, Ph.D., JD, Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mona Lynch, Ph.D., Professor, University of California, Irvine
  • Jeffrey T. Ulmer, Ph.D., Professor, the Pennsylvania State University


  • Nancy Merritt, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, National Institute of Justice
  • Raven Lewis, M.A., Research Assistant, National Institute of Justice

Date Created: November 24, 2021