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SCJN News - February 14, 2012

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SCJN Save the Date Wednesday July 25-Friday July 27, 2012

The 11th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference will take place in San Francisco, California July 25-27, 2012. Topics will include:

  • Discovery Reform
  • Collateral Consequences of Convictions and Restoration of Rights and Status
  • Gideon 50 Years Later/Indigent Defense
  • Victims’ Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Right/Left Coalition Building
  • Death Penalty
  • Social Media 101
  • Juvenile Justice 
  • Tour of Delancey Street Residential Educational Centers
  • For updated information, please visit our site at http://www.nacdl.org/scjn/ 

NACDL Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction

With more than 65 million Americans possessing a criminal record, the consequences of conviction – specific legal barriers, generalized discrimination, and social stigma – have become more numerous and severe, more public, and more permanent. These restrictions affect jobs and licenses, housing, public benefits, judicial rights, parental rights, interstate travel, and even volunteer opportunities. Moreover, the legal mechanisms relied on in the past to restore rights and status for formerly convicted individuals have atrophied or become ineffective, with the result that a significant percentage of the American public is permanently consigned to second class citizenship.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL) Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction will hold hearings on Thursday February 16 and Friday February 17, 2012 in Miami Florida. The hearings will undertake an inquiry into how legal mechanisms for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction are actually working, in state and federal system.

For more information about the work of the Task Force please visit the website by clicking here.

Sentencing Project releases The State of Sentencing 2011: Developments in Policy and Practice

Please find the report at http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/publications/sen_State_of_Sentencing_2011.pdf 

ALEC Resolution on Transparency and Accountability in Criminal Law 

NACDL has long recognized that it is crucial to work across the aisle to seek consensus on the critical and sometimes controversial criminal justice issues our affiliates and Network members are engaged in. In that vein, NACDL has worked with American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), on a series of initiatives. ALEC recently passed a resolution that seeks to obtain greater transparency and accountability as states create and enhance criminal laws. The premise is based on the fact that over the years legislatures have introduced a significant number of new criminal laws and increased penalties on existing statute without transparency of the costs associated with implementation, and often without a clear understanding of the consequences of the penalties. The goal is to ensure a comprehensive fiscal note is reflected in any legislation introduced. In addition, the resolution seeks to ensure that the penalties imposed in the measure are proportionate to the offense. 

To view the resolution, please click here.

California Juvenile Justice Research

Maureen Pacheco of the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy at Loyola Law School is researching what various states are doing with individuals arrested well into their adult years for offenses committed when they were juveniles, and whose cases are delayed in prosecution either because of delayed reporting (sex cases), or because they were arrested on a cold hit case.
They are in the preliminary stages of collecting information and hope Network members can take a few minutes to answer some questions about this topic. If you do not have some or all of the information, it would be greatly appreciated if you could refer Andrea to the appropriate person or office. Please respond to andrea.blatchford@lls.edu

  1. How are persons who are arrested as adults for incidents that occurred when they were juveniles treated in your jurisdiction? Is jurisdiction predicated upon the age at time of offense, or at time of arrest?
  2. If they’re kept in juvenile court, is there a transfer hearing? What factors does the court consider in the transfer? 
  3. What is the outside limit on jurisdiction for juveniles in your state? (For example, in CA, kids can be kept under juvenile court jurisdiction until age 21).
  4. Are there differences in the law based on the charge? (for example, certain charges will be handled in the adult system and others in the juvenile system).
  5. Are there applicable retroactivity provisions that determine whether the law in existence at the time of the offense is applied?
  6. Are there specific vehicles for dismissing the charge in adult court? If so, what are they? (motion to dismiss in the interest of justice, speedy trial motion, etc.)

Employment Opportunities
National Juvenile Justice Network seeks a full-time Fiscal Policy Center Program Associate to support the National Juvenile Justice Network. The Associate will conduct research and policy analysis, assist with on-site regional trainings, provide technical assistance, develop resources (tool kits, reports, factsheets, webinars, etc.) and engage in other relevant Fiscal Policy Center activities. The position requires excellent analytical, writing, communication, and relationship-building abilities. Flexibility, initiative, and excellent follow through are essential. Some travel will be required.

HOW TO APPLY: (no calls or inquiries) Email to info@njjn.org in a single submission: cover letter, resume, names and contact information for at least three references, and a brief, unedited writing sample. Position is open until filled.

Drug Policy Alliance seeks a State Director: http://www.drugpolicy.org/about-us/jobs-and-internships/state-director-california 

The State Director reports to the Deputy Executive Director, Programs and serves as DPA’s primary strategist, manager and public representative in California. Based in Los Angeles, Sacramento or San Francisco, the California director oversees the work of 5 employees in two offices as well as DPA’s Sacramento-based lobbyists. A member of DPA’s Policy Team, the California director oversees DPA’s statewide legislative agenda, ballot initiative campaigns, “model city” initiative in San Francisco, advocacy in the Hollywood community, and local projects in Los Angeles and other California cities. In addition, the California director participates in the organization’s national policy efforts and works closely with the agency’s Berkeley-based national Office of Legal Affairs.

12th Annual Jerry Lee Crime Prevention Symposium

12th Annual Jerry Lee Crime Prevention Symposium in Washington, DC on April 23 and at the University of Maryland on April 24. Once again, the focus of the Symposium is on the work of the Campbell Collaboration's Crime and Justice Group (www.campbellcollaboration.org/crime_and_justice). Day 1 features research findings relevant to current crime and justice policy, and Day 2 explores methodological issues around producing rigorous evidence.

Registration is free, but space is limited, so we ask that you pre-register at http://gemini.gmu.edu/cebcp/JerryLee.html

Additional information on the symposium is available below. We look forward to your participation at this year's event!

Symposium Website:

Registration (No cost to register):

More Information:
Visit http://gemini.gmu.edu/cebcp/JerryLee.html or contact Symposium coordinator Cody Telep at ctelep@gmu.edu or 703.993.4901.

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