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January-February 2019 , Page 14 

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NACDL News: NACDL Co-Sponsors First-of-Its-Kind Rural Criminal Justice Summit

By Bonnie Hoffman

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On Nov. 29 and 30, 2018, NACDL, SMU’s Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center, and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) hosted the Rural Criminal Justice Summit at SMU in Dallas, Texas. The two-day program appears to be the first of its kind, bringing together individuals and organizations from various parts of the criminal justice system, along with academics and reform organizations to discuss the unique criminal justice challenges facing rural communities and to consider potential solutions to some of these challenges.

The invitation-only event included criminal justice system stakeholders (prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement, court administrators, and the formerly incarcerated), nonprofit research and reform organizations, and academics who have focused their research on issues impacting rural communities. Approximately 45 people from 25 different states attended the Summit.

The program featured a combination of panel presentations, open discu

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