NACDL - NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) Conference

NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) Conference

Every year, NACDL brings together advocates from around the country for our annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference. This conference offers participants are opportunity to hear from experts on state criminal justice reform and the opportunity to network of like-minded advocates.

The State Criminal Justice Network Conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and the advocacy community to network and discuss various criminal justice objectives around the country. Since the inception of the SCJN, the expanded participation of both communities has enabled NACDL to bring together individuals directly affected by the criminal justice system and stakeholders who seek reforms that will have a lasting impact on our communities. 

Save-the-Date: 
NACDL's 19th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference 
August 13-14, 2020 
Palm Beach, Florida

Scholarships: NACDL offers limited scholarships to individuals interested in attending the Conference. Eligibility requirements and the application will be posted closer to the date of the conference. 

Immediate Past Conference

NACDL's 18th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference, Philadelphia, PA

NACDL's 18th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference: Sharing Strategies and Strengthening the Movement took place August 1-2, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Participants heard from many who are driving various reform efforts at the state level. Issues discussed included pretrial reform, the trial penalty, policing and technology, juvenile justice, discovery reform, expungement and women in the criminal justice system.


NACDL’s 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and Presidential Summit, Atlanta, Georgia 

Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity took place Thursday, August 23 – Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

What is Shattering the Shackles?  

Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences: Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity examined the destructive effect that a vast network of penalties, debarments, and disabilities that arise from a criminal conviction has on the millions who have contact with the criminal justice system. It also explored the disparate impact that these consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the Summit highlighted the ground-breaking work that is helping people break free from these shackles, and provide a roadmap for national reform.

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Watch the video below to see NACDL President Drew Findling and Honorary Chair Mike Epps discussing Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences.