Cooley to host training session on state's new sentencing procedures

 On June 1, 2014, Michigan will begin using Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) at all criminal sentencing hearings. COMPAS is a computerized assessment and case management system intended to inform sentencing discretion in terms of the rehabilitation and supervision needs of an offender in the community. 

Cooley Law School in collaboration with the Criminal Defense Resource Center will conduct a training session for criminal defense attorneys, probation agents, prosecutors and judges to learn about the new procedure. 

The training session will be conducted by Jacqueline McCann, assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office and author of Defender Sentencing Book. 

The seminar will be held Friday, May 2, from noon to 2 p.m. at Cooley’s Auburn Hills Campus—2630 Featherstone Rd., Room AH 186—but live simulcasts will be available at Cooley’s campuses in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing. The seminar is free of charge, but since space is limited, advance registration is required. For registration information, contact Heather Waara at or 313-256-9833.