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Utahn to lead national sentencing panel

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013 11:59 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The director of the Utah Sentencing Commission, Jacey Skinner, will serve a second term as director and president of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions.

The executive committee re-elected Skinner to serve through 2014.

The national commission was formally organized in the late 1990s as a nonprofit organization. It facilitates an exchange of sentencing research and plays a major role in educating the public on the issues associated with sentencing policy. The commission does not endorse a particular sentencing structure but supports states developing their own sentencing policies based on the state's needs. As director, Skinner will advise 22 state commissions.

"The NASC provides a forum of discussion for sentencing issues, research, and challenges across the country," Skinner said. "This position allows me to help Utah frame and facilitate that discussion. The Utah Commission can observe and learn from the challenges and successes of other states to evaluate and make effective sentencing policy recommendations."

Skinner was appointed director of the Utah Sentencing Commission in 2008. Prior to working with the commission, she was a deputy district attorney with the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

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