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SCJN News - January 19, 2011

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2011 SCJN Conference Survey

This year the State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) of NACDL is proud to celebrate our 10th Annual Conference. As we begin planning for this momentous event, we seek your input into the programming you have enjoyed and the issues you would like to see addressed at the conference in Denver, August 3-5, 2011.

Please click the link below and take the time to fill out our brief survey so we can ensure an event that is beneficial and rewarding to you as you continue reform efforts in your state.

2011 SCJN Conference Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCJN10 

NACDL State Criminal Justice Network Conference Call Series 

NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN), has initiated a conference call series with criminal defense lawyers and activists across the country to discuss a variety of criminal justice issues. In light of the recent rhetoric about denying a child born in the United States the right of citizenship and the recent anti-immigration legislation passed in Arizona last year, which is now being contemplated in other states, the next National Advocacy Conversations on Developing Legislation/Litigation will focus on immigration detention and unaccompanied children. The call will be held on February 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Please see details below. If you are interested in joining the call, please send an email to scjn@nacdl.org.

“Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) works to protect the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children. KIND’s Advocacy Director, Megan McKenna, will discuss its recent advocacy efforts regarding legislation and policies that affect immigrant children, such as the upcoming reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and appropriations for unaccompanied children’s services. In addition, KIND’s Washington DC Pro Bono Coordinator, Paul Lee, will discuss the juvenile immigration detention system and its intersection with the juvenile delinquency system.”

SMART Office Releases Final Supplemental Guidelines for Implementation of SORNA

As reported in the January 2011 National Criminal Justice Association Justice Bulletin:

On January 11, the SMART Office’s released the final Supplemental Guidelines for the implementation of SORNA. These are the changes to the implementing procedures proposed by the Obama Administration last May. The substance of the now-final Supplemental Guidelines remains intact. A few clarifications are added, along with a summary of the comments received.

The Supplemental Guidelines do the following:

  • Gives jurisdictions discretion to exempt juvenile offenders from public website posting.
  • Gives jurisdictions discretion to modify the retroactive registration requirement to apply to new felony convictions only.
  • Provides mechanisms for newly recognized tribes to elect whether to become SORNA registration jurisdictions and to implement SORNA.
  • Expands required registration information to include the forms signed by sex offenders acknowledging that they were advised of their registration obligations.
  • Requires jurisdictions to exempt sex offenders’ e-mail addresses and other Internet identifiers from public website posting.
  • Requires jurisdictions to have sex offenders report international travel 21 days in advance.
  • Clarifies mechanism for inter-jurisdictional information sharing and tracking.
  • Provides information concerning the review process for determining that jurisdictions have substantially implemented.

Please See a Fairly Comprehensive List of Federal Agencies and Organizations Focused on Juvenile Justice Issues As Well As Funding Sources

Please see a fairly comprehensive list of federal agencies and organizations focused on juvenile justice issues as well as funding sources. List composed by Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of America.

Report on Children with an Incarcerated Parent

Fifty-three percent of the 1.5 million people held in U.S. prisons by 2007 were the parents of one or more minor children. This percentage translates into more than 1.7 million minor children with an incarcerated parent. Children on the Outside: VOICING THE PAIN AND HUMAN COSTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION is a report by Justice Strategies, a project of the Tides Center, Inc., that further explores the human costs faced by these children. See the report at http://www.justicestrategies.org/sites/default/files/publications/JS-COIP-1-13-11.pdf.

Questions, comments, or news items?

Contact NACDL's State Legislative Affairs Director Angelyn Frazer at (202) 465-7642 or email afrazer@nacdl.org.



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