Sentencing advocacy has assumed the vanguard position in the field of criminal defense. In what the Supreme Court has acknowledged has become an essentially administrative system of criminal justice, sentencing advocacy is now a critical – in some cases, the only – component in the criminal defense lawyer’s arsenal, and the site of some of the most sophisticated developments in the litigation of criminal cases. Taking this understanding as its backdrop, this blog aims to collate thought-provoking articles, important court decisions, and cutting edge research that can both inform and improve the quality of sentencing advocacy for the accused. 

The blog was created by JaneAnne Murray, a criminal defense attorney in Minneapolis and Professor of Practice at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches criminal procedure and sentencing advocacy.  Murray is solely responsible for all content and views expressed.