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2020 Virtual Forum on Criminal Justice

December 9-10

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Wednesday, December 9


NCJA Advisory Council Meeting

10:00 am -12:00 pm


ICCA Board of Directors Meeting  

12:00 -1:00 pm


Opening Keynote Session

1:00 -2:00 pm 



2:00-2:30 pm


The Future of Criminal-Legal Diversion Programs

2:30-3:45 pm

This panel brings together national experts to discuss what we know about effective programs and practices that divert individuals, particularly those with complex behavioral conditions, away from criminal-legal involvement and toward supportive social services like housing, addiction treatment and mental health care. Panelists will be asked to consider how the impact of the movement to defend black lives, police reform and the global coronavirus pandemic will shape the future of diversion efforts, as well as incarceration more generally, as local jurisdictions look to invest in alternative community-based models of public safety.


Lisa Daugaard, Executive Director, Seattle Public Defender Association



Richard Cho, CEO, CT Coalition to End Homelessness



Ayesha Delaney- Brumsley, Director Behavioral Health Division, CSG Justice Center 



Steve Woolworth, CEO, Evergreen Treatment Services, President, ICCA  



3:45 -4:15 pm

Trends and Challenges Facing Rural Justice Systems

4:15-5:30 pm 

This panel will explore issues facing justice systems in rural America where law enforcement and correctional agencies often are overburdened and where too few justice-involved individuals have access to mental health and addiction services. Panelists will discuss recent research on rural jail incarceration, barriers to providing necessary treatment, and policy and practice options for practitioners, including how to use lessons learned during COVID-19 to provide remote supervision, treatment and service delivery.  The panel will be accompanied by a compelling short documentary that explores the structural challenges facing a rural community in the Southwest.


Thursday, December 10


NCJA Advisory Council meeting

10:00 am -12:00 pm


FBOP Providers Meeting

12:00 -1:00 pm


RSAT Specific Workshop

12:00-1:00 pm 


Lessons Learned from COVID-19. What do we know? What is the data showing? 

1:00 -2:15 pm

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in significant systemic and funding responses both on the state and federal level.  Those responses, when analyzed appropriately and successfully can provide extensive information about the criminal justice system and the impact of funding streams like CESF grants and can ultimately be informative to the dynamics central to criminal justice reform.  However, the collection and analysis of the relevant data to measure our responses must come first. This panel will discuss what data is available, what data will be useful and relevant and how we will maximize the value of that data to move the criminal justice system forward after this global crisis. 



2:15 -2:45 pm


What is the impact of COVID on criminal justice reform?

2:45-4:00 pm

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the United States was undergoing genuine criminal justice reform.  Discussions about prison reduction strategies, monetary bail reform and mandatory sentence reforms were underway across the country in red and blue states alike. The dynamics of COVID-19, especially the healthcare related measures, have in many instances, accelerated the pace of reform.  The analysis of these COVID-related actions such as the release of incarcerated individuals and the revision of bail and parole processes including greater electronic monitoring can provide insight into reform measures already being implemented.  This panel will discuss the impact of COVID 19 on reform measures. 



4:00-4:30 pm


What does the future of the justice system look like?  

4:30-5:45 pm


Steve Woolworth, CEO, Evergreen Treatment Services, President, ICCA  


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