The Alaska Court System and the Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage have completed a video program on the role of the judge in criminal sentencing. The program, "Sentencing-A Delicate Balance," covers the various factors which contribute to a judge's decisions regarding a criminal sentence. A printed guide supplements the videotape. The production was funded by a grant from the State Justice Institute. Susanne DiPietro of the Court System was project manager and Antonia Moras of the Justice Center was writer-producer.
The video presents two sentencing scenarios: one for a misdemeanor and one for a felony. Judges from the Alaska Court System discuss the factors which shape the sentences for the two defendants-the Alaska statutorial and legal framework for criminal cases. The guildebook discusses each case in more depth and offers suggestions for presenting the video.