SCJN Newsletter

November 7, 2013; Vol. 1 No. 5

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Connect Now to NACDLConnect

Many of you are now connected to NACDL’s new platform for community discussion groups that has replaced the general and topical listservs. Unfortunately, the system only merged files if we had full contact information for Network members. In some instances we only had email addresses.

In order to update our files, please take a moment to click the link below and create a visitor account.  You will then be added to the SCJN and will be able to send and receive messages at that point. 

NACDLConnect dramatically enhances the versatility and richness of member-to-member communications by providing an updated interface and myriad options for sharing information. To find out more information about how to use NACDLConnect, please visit where you will find general information on logging on and video tutorials on how to use the system.  You should also feel free to contact me and I will help guide you through it. 

Upcoming National Advocacy Call

NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN), conference call series is entitled National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation (NACDL).  The teleconferences feature an expert on an issue area and are designed to educate criminal defense lawyers and advocates across the country on a variety of criminal justice issues. Key to the calls is informing participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and serves as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions. 

Our next call is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST. We will be discussing a new comprehensive resource detailing jurisdictions that use electronic recording.

To RSVP please send a message to

NACDL’s Criminal Docket Podcast Series Featuring a Groundbreaking Report on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

Three episodes of “The Criminal Docket” Podcast series explore a groundbreaking, NACDL co-sponsored report on Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, a critically important and inclusive examination of the profound racial and ethnic disparities in America’s criminal justice system, and concrete ways to overcome them.The podcasts feature several representatives of the organizations who co-convened the event, several panelists and Tanya Coke who authored the report.

Launched in March of 2012, each episode of “The Criminal Docket” provides a rundown of highlights in criminal justice news. In addition, every episode explores important items on the criminal justice agenda, in-depth, with top leaders in the legal practice, public policy, journalism, academia, and others whose lives intersect with the criminal justice system.

Listen to Episode 31, 33, 34, and all past episodes of “The Criminal Docket” free at or in the Apple iTunes store.

Recent Reports

The Pretrial Justice Institute recently released a report entitled Unsecured Bonds: The As Effective And Most Efficient Pretrial Release Option. To read the full report, click here.

The Sentencing Project recently released a report entitled Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America. To read the full report, click here.

The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition recently released a report entitled Kids Without Counsel: Colorado's Failure to Safeguard Due Process for Children in Juvenile Delinquency Court. To read the full report, click here.

The Urban Institute released a report on Wednesday entitled Stemming the Tide that looks at options to reduce the growing prisoner population and cutting costs of the federal prison system. You can read the full report here.

State Issues Working Group Upcoming Meeting/Call

The State Issues Working Group (SIWG) is a group of the Open Society Foundation’s Justice Roundtable and whose members are advocates of various organizations that conduct state-level advocacy reform.  SIWG will host a conference call and in-house meeting at OSF Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST.  The full Justice Roundtable (JR) meets in December and we would like to report back the tremendous work members of the SIWG are engaged in, so we hope you will join us in person or for the call.  For those who are unable to attend the JR meetings in person, you are always welcome to join in on the phone.

Please RSVP to me at if you are able to participate.  We will send out a call-in number prior to the conference call.  If you are not a member of SIWG and would like to join, please send me an email and I will add you to the list.

What is the Justice Roundtable 

The Justice Roundtable, initiated in 2002, is a network of advocacy organizations that span the political and theological spectrum yet share common goals toward rational reform of the U.S. criminal justice system. Among the participants in the Justice Roundtable are criminal justice organizations, civil and human rights groups, service provider organizations, faith-based groups, law enforcement professionals, restorative justice and victim groups, academics, and previously incarcerated people. The Roundtable meets as a general body on a quarterly basis to share information, network, and strategize on criminal justice priorities. Working Groups of the Justice Roundtable meet more often to help coordinate the federal legislative activity of the participants.


The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) seeks a Juvenile Justice Fiscal Analyst and a State Strategist. For information on the Juvenile Justice Fiscal Analyst position click here and for the State Strategist position click here.

The Sentencing Project is currently seeks a State Advocacy Associate. For more information, click here.

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