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Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences

Exploring Moral Principles and Economic Innovations to Restore Rights and Opportunity

NACDL's 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference and 2nd Annual Presidential Summit 

August 23-25, 2018 | Atlanta, GA 

Shattering the Shackles of Collateral Consequences report coverOn August 23–25, 2018, NACDL hosted its 17th Annual State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) Conference and Presidential Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The Conference — 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 following a criminal conviction has on the millions of people who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. The conference also explored the disparate impact that these collateral consequences have on communities of color. At the same time, the conference highlighted the groundbreaking work that is helping people break free from the shackles while providing a roadmap for national reform. NACDL now releases its report on that conference.

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Videos of the presentations at the conference are provided below and are on NACDL's YouTube channel.

Conference Agenda | Speaker Biographies | Suggested Materials 

Presentation of Champion of Justice Restoration of Rights Award to Governor Nathan Deal


  • Drew Findling – President, NACDL, and Criminal Defense Attorney, The Findling Law Firm (Atlanta, GA)
  • Remarks: Nathan Deal – Governor of Georgia Jan. 2011–Jan. 2019

Setting the Stage: Moral and Economic Obligations to Restoring Rights and Opportunity

This panel explored the moral principles and economic innovations that are essential in alleviating collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction. The panel also examined racial implications associated with collateral consequences. Key Issues: ban the box, certificates of relief, tax incentives, licensing. 


  • Mark Holden – General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Koch Industries (Wichita, KS)
  • Teresa Hodge – Co-Founder & Director of Strategy & Innovation, Mission: Launch (Baltimore, MD)
  • Marc Levin – Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Right on Crime (Austin, TX)
  • Moderator: Rick Jones – Immediate Past President, NACDL and Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (New York, NY)

Plenary: I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Guiding Principles of Re-Entry

This plenary featured formerly incarcerated men and women who have successfully re-entered their communities. Panelists were prompted with themes relative to effectively and efficiently navigating the process of reentry. 


The Road to Re-entry: Navigating Systems Players and Building Coalitions

This panel focused on developing relationships with state power players and seeking unlikely and likely allies in building coalitions for lasting and meaningful reforms. 


Presentation of Champion of Justice Restoration of Rights Award to Sally Q. Yates

Keynote Address delivered by Sally Q. Yates


  • Sally Q. Yates – Partner, Special Matters and Government Investigations, King & Spalding and Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General (Atlanta, GA)

Forgiving: The Campaign Against the Scarlet Letter


Criminal Justice Leaders/Authors Panel

This panel featured authors of several autobiographical criminal justice-related books. Authors read from their books and the discussion focused on life post-incarceration as a leader in the criminal justice field. 


Forgetting: Alleviating Collateral Consequences Through the Legislative & Referendum Process

This panel focused on several states that have addressed progressive solutions to alleviating collateral consequences through the legislative and referendum process.  


  • Lee McGrath – Managing Attorney for Minnesota and Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Desmond Meade – President, Florida Restoration of Rights Coalition (Orlando, FL)
  • Marissa Dodson – Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)
  • Moderator: Monica L. Reid – Senior Manager for Advocacy, NACDL (Washington, DC)

And Justice For All: Voices from Court


  • Stephanie Woodard – Solicitor General, Hall County, Georgia (Gainesville, GA)
  • Dave LaBahn – President and CEO, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (Washington, DC)
  • Honorable Shawn LaGrua – Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
  • Moderator: Dr. Divine Pryor – Executive Director, The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (Brooklyn, NY)

Presentation of Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award to the Second Chance Center, accepted by Executive Director Hassan Latif


  • Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles – Senior Advisor for Special Projects, NACDL (Milford, DE)
  • Michael Iacopino – Chair, State Legislative Affairs Committee, NACDL, and Criminal Defense Attorney, Brennan Lenehan Iacopino & Hickey (Manchester, NH)
  • Remarks: Hassan Latif – Executive Director, Second Chance Center (Aurora, CO)

This Side of the Law: Reentered, Reformed & Reinvented

This panel featured individuals formerly incarcerated whose second chance led them to pursuing a career in law.  


Entrepreneurship and Training: Harnessing Your Power for Success

This panel focused on existing efforts and strategies to ensure the best outcomes for those who have been justice involved. 


Faith-Based Conversation

This discussion explored how the faith-based community can partner with other communities to achieve progressive criminal justice reforms. In addition, they covered how the faith community can shape policy in a progressive way via protest action, letter-writing, legislative advocacy, etc.  The discussion also explored the ideas of redemption and forgiveness in the form of political, economic, and social justice policies. 

Video of this conversation is not available. 

Screening of the Sundance Audience Award “The Sentence” followed by a panel discussion

“The Sentence” tells the story of Cynthia “Cindy” Shank, whose incarceration propels her brother to document via film Cindy’s daughters as they grow up without her. The story further explores the family bond Cindy maintains with her parents, siblings, and children through her brother’s relentless advocacy. It culminates with efforts to seek clemency for Cindy via Clemency Project 2014, an Obama Administration and NACDL initiative. 

Video of this panel is not available. 


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