Our Team

Passionate. Talented. Dedicated. Experienced.

Doug Passon

Doug Passon

Doug Passon is a criminal defense lawyer of over twenty years, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the nationally recognized expert in the field of video sentencing advocacy. His firm produces high-quality sentencing documentaries, day-in-the-life videos, and CLE programs for attorneys across the country.

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Patrick Barone

Patrick Barone

Patrick Barone is an innovative Michigan criminal defense lawyer, author and psychodramatist who brings a unique combination of experience, skills, and training to the Set for Sentencing partnership. He has an innate love of story and a passion for creatively discovering and articulating the stories of his clients, both at trial and at sentencing.


Ali Salcedo

Ali Salcedo is a camera operator, sound recordist, audio editor and musician from Venezuela. He studied film at Scottsdale Community College and has worked as a director of photography for commercials, ads, and short series for the ad agencies Wedgie Media and Ad Zombies. Ali did double duty as Director of Photography and Sound Engineer on Passon’s feature-length documentary, Road to Eden. He lives in Phoenix where he divides his time playing percussion in the local music scene and producing videos for his YouTube channel. He is also a Spanish interpreter and translator who loves to cook and dance.


Mark Allenbaugh

Mark H. Allenbaugh   is a nationally recognized expert on federal sentencing, law, policy and practice. He is a co-founder of Sentencing Stats, LLC, which provides attorneys and their clients with expert statistical analyses of federal sentencing data and trends. These data allow him to provide precise statistical and trend analyses for clients and counsel in support of the lowest sentence possible.
Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Allenbaugh served as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He has published numerous articles on sentencing policy and criminal justice, which have been cited over 100 times in the top U.S. law journals, and over a dozen times in published federal district and appellate opinions.
Katie Carter

Katie Carter

Katie Carter is a fact investigator, mitigation specialist, and sentencing-filmmaker. A native of Louisiana, Katie was a public defender investigator in New Orleans for 13 years. She has aided in the defense of clients facing everything from marijuana possession to the death penalty in her role as investigator and mitigator, always with an eye for empathy-building. Some of her most creative and effective work has evolved into short documentary film on her client’s lives made for the purpose of sentencing advocacy. Katie believes that when we collectively focus on the conditions that were created to allow a person to fall, we begin to reframe traditional, binary models of guilt vs. innocence and good vs. bad. Rather than rely on a law enforcement-created narrative, her films ask the court to consider crime in its context while affording accused persons the dignity of their own story as they have lived it.


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