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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

This year’s Forum will include sessions on the impact of COVID-19 on criminal justice reform, trends and challenges facing rural justice systems, the future of criminal-legal diversion reforms and international perspectives on the impact of COVID 19 on justice systems. In her opening Keynote, Dr. Wang will leverage her experience in the area of the impact of health on mass incarceration and her experience with the Health Justice Research Program (just to name a few) to provide a particularly informed perspective to guide our Forum’s discussions over the next two days.

Dr. Emily Wang

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

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 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

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

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Lisa Daugaard, Executive Director, Seattle Public Defender Association

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

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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.

Dwayne Villanueva, Karnes County Sheriff

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Jasmine Heiss, Director of the In Our Backyards project  

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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 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Annual Meeting

This is a closed session for RSAT administrators and subgrantees. Registration link coming soon.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) supports the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners Program, furthering the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) mission by assisting state, local, and tribal efforts to break the cycle of drug addiction and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs. This session will serve as the annual RSAT meeting and will provide an opportunity for RSAT administrators and grantees to learn the latest information and strategies from RSAT TTA providers and federal leaders. The goal of this annual meeting is to advance the RSAT programs by sharing upcoming training opportunities, presenting new technical resources available for all grantees, and to introduce the newly developed Fidelity Assessment Instrument.

Each state’s RSAT point of contact is encouraged to invite a subgrantee or prominent practitioner/program staff to attend and participate in this meeting and the 2020 Virtual Forum on Criminal Justice. RSAT grant funds are permitted for registration fees for two registrants of Virtual Forum. In addition to registering for the Virtual Forum, a separate registration for this RSAT Annual Meeting will be available on the RSAT Website, www.rsat-tta.com

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, 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

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

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

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Ayaka Takai, Professor at the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI).

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

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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.  

Thomas AbtDirector, National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice and Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justiceus leo.

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Andrew LeFevre, Executive Director, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

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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.

Michael Schmidt, District Attorney, Multnomah County, Oregon 

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Marc Levin, Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Right on Crime 

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Mannone Butler, Executive Director, DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

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