About Pacific Sentencing Initiative

Is your Client a Vet or a Juvenile?

Pacific Sentencing Initiative has particular expertise in working with veterans, veteran’s issues, juveniles and individuals with “gang related” backgrounds.


Our Experts

Need Photo William B. Brown
William B. Brown is the Research Director for Pacific Policy and Research Institute, and Pacific Sentencing Initiative, as well as Professor of Criminal Justice, Western Oregon University, where he has been a faculty member since 2002. He received in Bachelors Degree in Social Work at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Masters Degree and PhD in Sociology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he completed his dissertation titled “The Subjective Nature of Decision-Makers in the Domain of Objective Sentence Processing,” which focuses on pre-sentence reporting. He has successfully completed Individualized Sentencing Plans for clients in Oregon and Washington. He has recently published articles in peer reviewed journals and international publications pertaining to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans entangled in the criminal justice system, and the problems confronting veterans reintegrating back into the civilian culture. He is an author of Crime and Criminal Justice in American Society (Waveland Press 2008), Youth Gangs in American Society (Wadsworth, 1st Edition, 1996; 2nd Edition, 2001; 3rd Edition, 2004; and 4th Edition, 2012) and Criminal Justice in America: a Critical View (Allyn and Bacon, 2003). He has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles focusing on youth gangs, African-American families with gang affiliated children, girls and gangs, jail overcrowding, recidivism, and the criminal justice industrial complex. He has also published articles that focus on incarcerated parents, generational criminogenics, methamphetamine abuse, mental illness, homelessness, and prisoner re-entry. His most recent sociological research centers on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in 16 states with a focus on reintegration problems experienced by this generation of veterans. His recent research is guided by his social science academic credentials and his won experience in the military during the Vietnam War where he served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade as an infantryman, a Drill Sergeant, an officer candidate, and Platoon Leader in B Company 75th Rangers. He has also conducted international ethnographic research in Nicaragua, Cambodia, and Vietnam with a focus on U.S. interventions and human rights. He was an invited lecturer at the University of Warsaw (Poland) and Open University (Vietnam). A more detailed and complete Vita is available on request.

Dr. Brown has provided sociological assessments, reports and testimonies for veteran and non-veteran defendants in state and federal courts in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Florida, and Louisiana over the past 5 years. These cases range from Domestic to Assault – Attempted Murder to Capital Murder.

Randal B. Fritzler
Randal B. Fritzler, J.D. has over 34 years experience in criminal litigation in both state and Federal courts. From 1986 through 2003, he served as a trial judge in Clark County, Washington. In 1997, he began organization of the Clark County Domestic Violence Court and was honored as the Outstanding Judge of 1998 by the Washington State Misdemeanant Corrections Association. He founded the Clark County Mental Health court and in 1999, he was selected to chair the American Judges Association Therapeutic Jurisprudence Committee and represent the AJA to the Council of Chief Justices. He also served on the Council of State Governments, Re-entry Policy Council.

Mr. Fritzler in addition to publishing articles and commentaries in five countries has contributed to several books. He is co-author of the recently published, Crime and Criminal Justice in American Society. The courts he created have been subject to comprehensive studies, which have shown favorable outcomes for both perpetrators and the public. He is an advocate for dynamic risk management processes to increase public safety while reducing the use of prisons and jails. Randal Fritzler has recently left the bench and has resumed private law practice. He is a founder and principal of Pacific Policy and Research Institute, Inc., teaches at Western Oregon University and consults on court reform issues. He has testified before the Washington State legislature and served as an expert witness in the courts of Washington and California. Recently he has focused upon applying Therapeutic Jurisprudence concepts to case disposition and sentencing. A more detailed and complete Vita is available on request.

Pacific Sentencing Specializes in:

  • Pre-trial Release Negotiations

  • Pre-Plea Negotiations

  • Individualized Sentencing Plans

  • Juvenile Dispositions

  • Risk Management Planning

  • Post-Adjudication Issues

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  • Pacific Sentencing Initiative
    William Brown PhD
    1098 34th Ave NW
    Salem, OR 97034