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Set for Sentencing Podcast with Doug Passon


Over a million people a year will face sentencing.  For a client and their loved ones, it will be the most important day of their lives.

Unlike at trial, there is virtually no limit to the kind of information a lawyer can credibly present to advocate for their client and demonstrate their humanity at sentencing.

My passion is helping lawyers and clients craft their most compelling sentencing narratives.  So, I was inspired to create this new podcast drawing on my 25+ years of criminal defense experience, my passion for storytelling, my expertise in producing mitigation videos, and my years spent consulting and developing compelling case narratives that get real results.

In Set for Sentencing, I present cutting edge resources, world-class experts, and the straight scoop on our often dysfunctional system -- all in service to one goal -- to bring more justice, more humanity, and more hope to the sentencing process.

So, are you ready? Then let's get SET FOR SENTENCING!

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Podcast Praise

"I know several attorneys who have dramatically improved their sentencing advocacy and outcomes for their clients based on the knowledge you have shared so generously."


"I just wanted to thank you for all your free content! We are definitely listening and putting into work, practice and videos what you’re putting out there. And, people are getting very fair sentences because of it."


"I’m new to the public defender office and in my desperation to find resources to get me up to speed, I ran across a post on the sentencing blog referencing your podcast. I’m a hard core podcast listener so I’ve been chomping on episodes almost non-stop since I discovered it." 


"I have been listening to your podcasts, and I am so excited about what I am learning!" 

Mitigation Specialist

"Content is king. I find yours to be unusually edifying and enlightening (and occasionally entertaining or endearing to boot)."


"Loved the Lolita podcast! This was such a fascinating topic to explore."


"I have really enjoyed your podcast. Most of my work has become Federal defense, and, of course, pretty much all of it results in sentencings. I’ve enjoyed your guests, your comments, and just your overall content. Nicely done."


"I just know that the good work you are doing out there to publicize and advocate in this realm of legal practice is causing reverberations."

Client's Family Member

"Your podcasts are a phenomenal source of knowledge, which I listen to at the end of the day on a long run."


"I've listened to them all so far.  Maureen Baird was very informative (and even provided a few confessions about the BOP). What a fantastic resource!"