SCJN News - March 10, 2011

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NACDL's 10th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

SAVE THE DATE! NACDL’s 10th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats: Lessons from the Past Decade & Strategies for the Future, will be held August 4-5, 2011, in Denver, Colorado.

Please check for updates at www.nacdl-statecrimjustice.org or contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer at afrazer@nacdl.org or at (202) 465-7642 for more information.

SWOT is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate internal and external strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and strengths of an organization or business. Please join us as we incorporate this model to review and celebrate 10 years of state criminal justice reform efforts & successes and work to develop a roadmap for future reforms. 


National Advocacy Conversation on Developing Legislation/Litigation

On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, from 2:00-3:30 pm EST, NACDL’s-State Criminal Justice Network National Advocacy Conversation on Developing Legislation/Litigation hosted a conference call on forensics science reform. This important and timely discussion was held with experts in the field, who discussed forensics reform in the context of their jurisdiction, crime labs and legislation pending in several states that seek to ensure integrity in the system.

In addition, reference was made to a report by California’s Crime Lab Review Task Force, which can be found here: http://ag.ca.gov/publications/crime_labs_report.pdf.

The next two conversations will focus on Juvenile Disproportionate Minority Confinement (DMC) and Asset Forfeiture.

For information, please contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn C. Frazer at (202) 465-7642 or via email at afrazer@nacdl.org. 


NACDL's First Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award

The NACDL Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award will recognize an individual or group whose exceptional efforts have led to positive changes to reform a state criminal justice system.

The award shall be presented annually at the State Criminal Justice Network Conference or at such other time as determined by the State Legislative Affairs Committee chairs.

Nomination Guidelines
Nominations may be made by any state affiliate, advocacy group or individual or NACDL’s state legislative affairs director and shall be submitted in accordance with the guidelines and deadline and include such information as determined by the State Legislative Affairs Committee chairs. Nominations shall be sought through advertising in The Champion, NACDL's Website, requests for nominations from the state affiliates and other national and local organizations that focus on criminal justice reform, and other appropriate outlets.

Eligibility and Selection
The recipient shall be selected by the members of the NACDL State Legislative Affairs Committee.

It is not necessary that the nominee be a lawyer; non-lawyer advocates and reformers will be considered. The Chair and Vice Chair of the State Legislative Affairs Committee are not eligible to receive this award but may submit nominations.

For more information about the award process and deadlines please contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer at afrazer@nacdl.org.


Upcoming Events and Programs 

Norman L. Reimer to Participate on Panel on Drug Courts on Capitol Hill 

Please join the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and NACDL at a briefing on drug courts on Tuesday March 22, 2011 at 10:00 am. DPA and JPI are releasing two new groundbreaking reports that offer analysis of drug courts on individuals, and the relationship of drug courts to communities and the criminal justice system. NACDL Executive Director, Norman L. Reimer will also participate at the briefing to discuss NACDL’s groundbreaking report, “American’s Problem Solving-Courts: The Criminal Costs of Treatment and the Case for Reform” In addition, there will be a review of the Portugal model on decriminalization of drugs.

For more information and to RSVP, please click here http://drugcourtsandportugalbriefing-autohome.eventbrite.com.

It Could Happen to You! First Annual Summit

It Could Happen to You! (ICH/Y) presents its First Annual Summit, Capturing Change Now, at Albany School of Law, March 14, 2011. ICH/Y is a nonprofit organization working to serve the needs of the falsely accused. The Summit will focus on developing relationships and identifying policy areas for reform including discovery, jury selection, witness identification, DNA testing, public relations strategies and more.

Criminal Justice Evaluation and Cost Benefit Analysis Training 

The Vera Institute of Justice, through their Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice Project and funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is sponsoring an event to train individuals on evaluating criminal justice policies and programs on March 24, 2011. Elizabeth Drake from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) and Valerie Levshin from the Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit at the Vera Institute of Justice will explain how evaluation results are linked to cost-benefit calculations and review the different approaches to evaluating criminal justice initiatives.

For more information or to register, please click here.


Questions, comments, or news items?

Contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer at (202) 872-8600 x242 or afrazer@nacdl.org.

www.nacdl.org

 

 

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