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NCJA Virtual Public Policy Summit

May 10, 2021

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) Policy Summit is a chance for NCJA members to engage on the national level with stakeholders, advocates and government officials who are shaping the conversation about criminal justice policy reform across the country. This is your opportunity to be part of the national conversation about the criminal justice reform movement, how to work across systems to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals and the role of law enforcement and other groups in the reform agenda. The Summit will bring together panelists from across the criminal justice system and the political spectrum who will discuss their views and how they work together to shape criminal justice policy. In addition, speakers from Capitol Hill and the Administration will discuss the policy implications of this work. 

This year's Policy Summit will take place online. The agenda includes panel discussions, as well as opportunities to share policies, practices and ideas that are working in your jurisdiction and engage with colleagues on issues of common concern.

Registration is $150 and open to all NCJA members. All registered attendees will receive a zoom link prior to the summit


Chris Asplen, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) 

10:00-10:15 ET

Keynote Conversation: Where is This All Heading?

Moderator:  Ron LeGrand, Director of Policy, National Criminal Justice Association

Roy L. Austin Jr., Vice President for Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel, Facebook 

Join us for this engaging conversation about the movement to improve public safety. Roy Austin is a nationally renowned civil rights attorney and advocate who served on the White House Domestic Policy Council for President Barack Obama where he helped develop the Police Data Initiative. NCJA’s own Ron LeGrand will engage Mr. Austin in conversation to survey the national landscape and discuss his vision for improving justice for all.

10:15-11:00 ET


11:00-11:15 ET

The View from the Law Enforcement Community

Moderator:  Domingo Herraiz, Director of Programs, International Association of Chiefs of Police 

Don Hedrick, Police Chief, Rapid City, SD Police Department 

Murphy Paul, Police Chief, Baton Rogue, LA Police Department 

In this session, law enforcement leaders will share their on-the-ground experiences and discuss policing reform policies and initiatives they have implemented in their departments that can move the justice system forward. 

11:15-12:00 ET

Federal Issues in Cross-System Integration  

Moderator: Steve Woolworth, President and CEO, Evergreen Treatment Services, Seattle, WA

Dan Mistak, Director of Health Care Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations, Community Oriented Health Services 

Terri Power, Associate Director, Ohio Office, Corporation for Supportive Housing 

Brooke Page, Director, Southwest Region, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, Director of Policy, Legal Action Center (invited)

Successful reentry and reintegration depend upon stable housing, employment and health care. In this panel experts will discuss innovations in services and the possibility for collaborative action and federal legislation that address the needs of justice involved populations.

12:00-12:45 ET


12:45-1:45 ET

Keynote Remarks: The View from Congress

Moderator: Chris Asplen, Executive Director, NCJA

Rep. David Trone (D-MD)

Rep. David Trone is a fresh voice in the criminal justice reform discussion. As a former businessman prior joining Congress, he has firsthand experience in the justice system. That personal experience has driven a 20-year passion for reforming the justice system.


Now a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Trone will discuss criminal justice reform in the 117th Congress, where bipartisan consensus can be found, and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. 

1:45-2:30 ET

Bipartisan Perspective from Capitol Hill

Amalea Smirniotopoulos, Counsel, Office of Senator Sheldon WhitehouseStephen Tausend, Legislative Director, Office of Senator John Cornyn

Senior bipartisan staff for the key committees will discuss the overall climate on Capitol Hill for criminal justice legislation and how the federal government can help advance state policy and practice. 

2:30-3:15 ET

3:15-3:30 ET


View from the Department of Justice

Moderator: Chris Asplen, Executive Director, NCJA

Kristen Mahoney, Acting Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance 

Kathrina Peterson, Deputy Director, Office for Victims of Crime

Hear from senior officials with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims of Crime about new initiatives and activities from the Biden Administration and about how they work with states to address pressing issues, and the resources available to states and practitioners. 

3:30-4:15 ET

4:15-4:20 ET

Attendees Log into Zoom Call for Final Session (Link Will be Provided)

Moderated Conversation Among Attendees on Issues on Improving the Justice System

Moderator: Anne Jordan, Manager of Criminal Process and Specialty Dockets, State of Maine Administrative Office of the Courts and President, NCJA Board of Directors

This session will allow attendees to reflect on what they have heard and discuss how the policy agenda is playing out in their states.

4:20-4:45 ET


Chris Asplen, Executive Director, NCJA

4:45-5:00 ET

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