Our Professionals

Herbert J. Hoelter, NCIA’s Chief Executive Officer, has assisted in over 1,000 white collar cases during his 38-year career. His expertise in anti-trust, tax, fraud and other individual and corporate crimes is unparalleled. He has also trained and mentored hundreds of other sentencing professionals.

 

Herbert J. Hoelter

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Herbert J. Hoelter is cofounder and chief executive officer of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA). Founded in 1977, NCIA is regarded as one of the most progressive and effective criminal justice organizations in the country. NCIA is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Hoelter is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in sentencing and the federal prison system and in developing alternative programs to incarceration. He directs NCIA’s sentencing and parole services, which has prepared cases in all 50 states, 75 federal jurisdictions, and three countries. Since 1977, over 20,000 NCIA cases have been presented for consideration by sentencing courts and parole boards. Mr. Hoelter has particular expertise in federal court and white-collar crime, having assisted in the representation of many of the insider trading, tax, securities and corporate fraud cases.

Mr. Hoelter holds a Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University in Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Buffalo. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at American University and on the faculty of the National Judicial College. He has lectured on sentencing advocacy and reform for over 20 state and local Bar Associations and was the representative of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) before the United States Sentencing Commission on the subject of alternatives to incarceration. Mr. Hoelter has also served as cochair of the NACDL post-conviction committee. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Crossfire, Good Morning America, Nightline and many other television and radio shows.

Mr. Hoelter has written extensively on the U.S. criminal justice system. He is coeditor of The Real War on Crime (HarperCollins, 1996) which advances promising solutions for criminal justice policy in the United States. He has authored articles for The Federal Sentencing Reporter, The Judges Journal, the American Bar Association’s Journal on Law Related Education, Federal Probation, The Champion, and The New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement, as well as numerous legal newsletters. Check out some of his Criminal Defense Updates here.

7222 Ambassador Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
443.780.1353 phone
410.265.8078 fax
Hhoelter@ncianet.org

 

Jamie D. Smart, MA

Research Associate


Jamie D. Smart joined NCIA after earning a Master of Arts in Political Science from Texas A&M University. She began her career as a research assistant with the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance at Texas A&M University, where she developed an expertise in multivariate modeling and survey methods. Her research and teaching interests include public administration, public policy, and social justice. Ms. Smart has presented her work at four national conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association, and numerous regional conferences.

7222 Ambassador Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
443.780.1435 phone
410.265.8078 fax
jsmart@ncianet.org

 

Elaina S. Dance, LCSW-C

Case Associate and Clinical Social Worker


Elaina S. Dance joined NCIA after extended tenures as a Clinical Social Worker at Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens (currently ARC), Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She earned both a B.S. in Psychology, and a Masters in Social Work, from West Virginia University. During her time at NCIA she has developed and assisted on many successful individualized community service placements, sentencing recommendations, and personal and professional background assessments to support sentencing memorandums. Her work on each case involves in-depth interaction and coordination with clients, the client’s legal team, and community organizations to insure the highest level of consistency and success is attained in the proposed sentencing recommendation.

7222 Ambassador Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
443.780.1355 phone
410.265.8078 fax
edance@ncianet.org