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Stetson Law Professor Authors Official Criminal Justice Summit Report

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Ellen S. Podgor

Ellen S. Podgor, J.D., the Gary R. Trombley family white-collar crime research professor at Stetson University College of Law, authored The Florida Bar Criminal Justice Summit Report: A First Step in Improving Florida’s Criminal Justice System, officially released by The Florida Bar in late June.

The report comes from an invitation-only summit held in October 2018 that brought together judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, policymakers and state legislators to discuss crucial issues involving Florida’s criminal justice system and to seek agreement on reform.

Podgor, as the official reporter, compiled, summarized and wrote the report, which covers topics such as pretrial release, specialty courts and conviction integrity. Several Stetson Law students assisted with the project.

“It was encouraging to see members of the various groups looking for common ground to improve our criminal justice system,” said Podgor, whose area of specialty is criminal law and who has been involved in national efforts to bring about change. “The report will serve as a basis for moving forward to better Florida’s criminal justice system.”

Guests of the 2018 summit heard from experts about areas that included sentencing, juvenile justice, mental health and offender re-entry, and they learned that Florida’s average imprisonment rate is 23 percent higher than other states. Participants also learned the Sunshine State has the third highest prison population in the country and the 10th highest incarceration rate.

-Sandra Carr