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We read with great satisfaction the first annual report of the bipartisan Criminal Sentencing Disposition Commission, chaired by retired Chief Justice Deborah Poritz. The commission, although created in 2009, had never been constituted nor convened until last year. Once its members were appointed and adequately staffed, the commission quickly undertook its statutory mandate to recommend “a rational, just and proportionate sentencing scheme that achieves to the greatest extent possible public safety, offender accountability, crime reduction and prevention, and offender rehabilitation while promoting the efficient use of the State’s resources.”

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