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May 3, 2013; Vol. 1 No. 3

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Registration open for the 12th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual State Criminal Justice Network (SCNJ) Conference, Turning the Tide: Victories and Opportunities in Criminal Justice Reform. The conference takes places July 25-26, 2013 in San Francisco in conjunction with NACDL’s Annual Meeting. The conference will examine strategies and subsequent victories that have laid a framework to further criminal justice reform efforts.

We are pleased to have as co-sponsors the ACLU of California, ACLU National, the Innocence Project, and the Brennan Center.

The conference will feature panels on protecting the Fourth Amendment, indigent defense, social media, overincarceration, race in criminal justice system, juvenile justice post-Miller and Graham, and collateral consequences of a conviction.

The conference will also feature:
Susan Burton, CNN Hero and Executive Director of A New Way of Life; Matt Pillischer, Director of Film Broken on All Sides; and Nancy Mullane, Author of Life After Murder.

Please download the registration form here and find more information about the conference here

2013 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award
The State Legislative Affairs Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award. The award recognizes an individual or group whose exceptional efforts have led to positive changes to reform a state criminal justice system. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday May 31, 2013. The award will be presented on Thursday July 25, 2013 at the SCJN conference. The 2013 criteria sheet can be downloaded here.
NACDL's new online Domestic Drone Information Center

Look up in the sky, it’s a bird it’s a plane no it’s a domestic drone (or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).  Yes drones are coming to a city near you. While we would like to think that these unmanned aerial vehicles are just tools the military and our government employ in various drills and operations in other countries, more and more local jurisdictions are seeking licenses to utilize them. 

As a resource to keep the public informed about the developments in domestic drone technology, legislative efforts and events around the country NACDL has launched its online Domestic Drone Information Center (DDIC).  Please see news release here.

In addition, the State Criminal Justice Network hosted a call on domestic drones in March.  Please listen to the audio of the call here.

NACDL is here to assist you as you work with your state legislators to enact guidelines on the implementation of drones in your jurisdictions.  We have model legislation that state legislatures can utilize to address  privacy and civil liberties concerns.  If your jurisdiction is considering domestic drone legislation or currently has pending legislation you seek guidance on, please feel free to contact Mason Clutter, NACDL’s National Security and Privacy Counsel at mclutter@nacdl.org or Angelyn C. Frazer at afrazer@nacdl.org.


The Innocence Project seeks a second State Policy Advocate to assist the Director of State Policy Advocacy in building support for reform through various vehicles, from stakeholder groups to coalition partners and policymakers in various states. The Policy Advocate works in close collaboration with key members of the State Policy staff and reports to the Director of State Policy Advocacy. See job posting here.

Advancement Project seeks an experienced, committed and creative Project Director in its Washington D.C. office to lead their Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Project team. See job description here.

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice seeks a Training and Technical Assistance Manager. The Manager plans, develops and manages the overall provision of national and regional training and technical assistance to the organization’s members and allies. The Manager will work within parameters set by public and private grants, and represent the organization with partners, funders and the public. For more information, click here.

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