Who We Are
Founded in 1992, the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS) is the only national organization devoted to the educational and professional development of sentencing advocates and mitigation specialists. NASAMS publishes professional standards, provides specialized training, and makes referrals to experts in its national network. NASAMS became a practice section of NLADA in 2005.
Contact the NASAMS Executive Committee to learn more about our organization and our profession. If you are searching for a sentencing advocates or mitigation specialist to join your defense team, contact [email protected] to find the right person to meet the needs of your team.
NLADA and NASAMS present "360 Degrees of Smarter Sentencing: Mitigation, Risk Assessments, Advocacy & Fairness," at the Aleph Institute's 2016 Alternative Sentencing Key Stakeholder Summit,.
Sentencing advocates explore the histories of criminal defendants to create individualized sentencing plans. Their proposals often focus on substance abuse and mental health treatment, victim restitution, community supervision, avoidance of future misconduct, and appropriate and constructive consequences. This approach allows courts to sentence people to community-based programs that address their needs, while reserving expensive prison and jail space only for those who threaten the safety of the community.
Mitigation specialists speak for the dignity and value of those who have committed even the worst criminal acts. When a criminal defendant faces a death sentence, a mitigation specialist will tell his story to the jury in order to advocate for his life. Mitigation specialists also provide expert insight into criminal culpability, helping courts to understand a defendant’s mental health or developmental disorders.
Benefits of Membership
- Specialized training. Network and sharpen your skills with top trainers at conferences and on webinars. Members enjoy reduced rates and are eligible for the annual Melissa Kupferberg Scholarship.
- Members-only listserv. Learn about career opportunities, discuss your work, and seek confidential help for cases.
- Individual consultation. Talk to experts in the field about cases and careers.
- Public policy advocacy. Make your voice heard in our nation’s capital through NLADA.