Valdosta State University
Continuing Education
1500 N Patterson St.

CJS - Court Sentencing Decisions

This seminar will explore various aspects of court decision making with specific emphasis on sentencing and wrongful convictions. Seminar participants will learn about various aspects of sentencing such as the goals of sentencing, sentencing disparities, judicial decision-making, and jury selection. Seminar participants will also learn about contributing factors to wrongful convictions, ways to evaluate eyewitness identification, and the impact of false confessions.

The seminar will be co-moderated by Mr. Charleston Carter and Dr. Lora Levett.

Mr. Carter is currently the Circuit Court Administrator for the Tifton Judicial Circuit. He has 20 years of experience working in the U.S. court system where he has served in various positions including Director of the State Court Victim Assistance Program in Georgia and Director of Case Management of Fulton County, GA.

Dr. Levett is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Online Program in Criminology and Law at the University of Florida. She has been engaged in researching wrongful conviction since she was an undergraduate student and her current research agenda includes research programs in the areas of jury decision making, mistaken eyewitness identification, plea bargaining, and confessions and investigations.

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