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Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Forum on Criminal Justice this two-day event features six sessions looking at the future of the justice system. To register please use the registration tab above. 

(Please note: All times are eastern) 

Wednesday, December 9

10:00 am-12:00 pm ET NCJA Advisory Council Meeting

This meeting is by invitation only.

12:00-1:00 PM ET | ICCA Board of Directors Meeting 

This meeting is by invitation only.

1:00-2:00 pm ET| Opening Keynote Session
Dr. Emily Wang

Dr. Emily Wang, Health and Justice Lab, Yale University

Speaker

 2:00-2:30 PM ET | BREAK

2:30-3:45 PM ET | THE FUTURE OF CRIMINAL-LEGAL DIVERSION PROGRAMS

This panel brings together national experts to discuss what we know about effective programs and practices that divert individuals, particularly those with complex behavioral conditions, away from criminal-legal involvement and toward supportive social services like housing, addiction treatment and mental health care. Panelists will be asked to consider how the impact of the movement to defend black lives, police reform and the global coronavirus pandemic will shape the future of diversion efforts, as well as incarceration more generally, as local jurisdictions look to invest in alternative community-based models of public safety. 

Richard Cho, CEO, CT Coalition to End Homelessness

Speaker

Ayesha Delaney- Brumsley, Director Behavioral Health Division, CSG Justice Center 

Speaker

Lisa Daugaard, Executive Director, Seattle Public Defender Association

Speaker

Steve Woolworth, CEO, Evergreen Treatment Services, President, ICCA  

Moderator

3:45-4:15 PM ET| BREAK
4:15-5:30 PM ET | TRENDS AND CHALLENGES FACING RURAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS

This panel will explore issues facing justice systems in rural America where law enforcement and correctional agencies often are overburdened and where too few justice-involved individuals have access to mental health and addiction services.

Panelists will discuss recent research on rural jail incarceration, barriers to providing necessary treatment, and policy and practice options for practitioners, including how to use lessons learned during COVID-19 to provide remote supervision, treatment and service delivery. The panel will be accompanied by a compelling short documentary that explores the structural challenges facing a rural community in the Southwest.

Thursday, December 10

10:00 am-12:00 pm ET | NCJA Advisory Council meeting

This meeting is by invitation only.

12:00-1:00 pm ET | FBOP Providers Meeting

This meeting is by invitation only.

12:00-1:00 pm ET RSAT Specific Workshop

This meeting is by invitation only.

1:00-2:15 PM ET | INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS  

Presenters bring perspectives from United States residential community corrections, Japanese probation supervision (invited), Canadian academic research, and Caribbean law enforcement. Panelists will speak about the takeaways that they have gleaned as a result of modifying operations in a pandemic and how the virus has changed systems locally and globally.   

Mike Randle, Vice President of Correctional Programs in Summit County, Oriana House

Speaker

Rosemary (Rose) Ricciardelli, PhDProfessor of Sociology; Coordinator for Criminology & Co-Coordinator for Police Studies Department of SociologyMemorial University of Newfoundland

Speaker

Ms. Makiedah Messam, Esq.Director of Complaints – Eastern Region, Shooting Incidents, The Independent Commission of Investigations, Jamaica  

Speaker

Jess Moore, Program Director at St. Leonard’s Society in Ontario, CA and ICCA Board Member  

Moderator

2:15-2:45 PM ET BREAK 

2:45-4:00 PM ET | LESSONS LEARNED FROM COVID-19. WHAT DO WE KNOW? WHAT IS THE DATA SHOWING?

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in significant systemic and funding responses both on the state and federal level.  Those responses, when analyzed appropriately and successfully can provide extensive information about the criminal justice system and the impact of funding streams like CESF grants and can ultimately be informative to the dynamics central to criminal justice reform.  However, the collection and analysis of the relevant data to measure our responses must come first. This panel will discuss what data is available, what data will be useful and relevant and how we will maximize the value of that data to move the criminal justice system forward after this global crisis.  
4:00-4:30 pm ET | Break

4:30-5:45 pm ET What does the future of the justice system look like?

Prior to the year 2020, criminal justice reform was already taking shape in an unprecedented way. However, the convergence of a global health crisis, societal unrest and calls for police reform have impacted the path of reform in ways that are obvious and in ways that remain unknown. This panel will examine what the criminal justice system might look like in the future as it reacts to the dynamics of the last year.