2016 State Summit

Advocating for effective criminal justice policy and funding for justice assistance programs.

2016 State Strategic Planning and Leadership Summit

Agenda and Presentation Materials

Below is the agenda and presentation materials for the State Strategic Planning and Leadership Summit, held October 17 - 19, 2016 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado as part of the National Criminal Justice Reform Project. A PDF version of this agenda can be found here.

The National Governors Association and National Criminal Justice Association would like to thank the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for their generous support for this Summit.

Monday, October 17, 2016

4:00 - 4:15 PM Welcome

Presenters: Cabell Cropper, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association; Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association; and Peter Katz, Director of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

4:15 - 5:00 PM Summit Kickoff

Presenter: Glenn Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA.

5:45 - 7:30 PM: Reception

The reception was held at the Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast in Teams

8:30 - 9:00 AM Opening Remarks

NCJA and NGA will brief state teams on the key objectives for the Summit, which includes team building and enhanced capacity to develop reform-related data analysis, implementation, and evaluation strategies. NGA and NCJA will highlight the RFP and selection process. Presenters: Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association; and Karhlton Moore, Executive Director, Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

9:00 - 10:30 AM State of Criminal Justice Reform in the US: Successes and Challenges

Session panelists will highlight examples of successful implementation and address potential challenges in criminal justice reform. Discussion will highlight how states can avoid reform fatigue, engage the public on reform efforts, and sustain successful programs across administrations. Presenters: Anastasiya Bolton, Crime and Justice Reporter, NBC 9NEWS; Marc Levin, Director, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Douglas Marlowe, Chief of Science, Law and Policy, National Association of Drug Court Professionals; and Reginald Wilkinson, President, Connecting the Dots, LLC.

10:30 - 10:45 AM Break

10:45 - 12:00 PM Team Time: Reflections and Relevant State Successes and Challenges

States will reflect on the takeaways from the first sessions and highlight relevant successes and potential challenges for criminal justice in their states.

12:00 - 1:00 PM Luncheon Keynote

Presenters: Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association; and Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.

1:00 - 1:15 PM Break

1:15 - 2:15 PM What Does Evidence-Based Mean?

A leading national expert will discuss the promise and perils of using evidence to inform policy, what constitutes credible evidence, and how attendees can be more informed consumers of different types of evidence about the effectiveness of programs and practices. Presenters: Cabell Cropper, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association; and Delbert Elliott, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Blueprints for Violence Prevention (now Healthy Youth Development), University of Colorado.

Discussion materials: Del Elliot - Selecting Evidence-Based Prevention and Treatment Interventions (slideshow presentation)

2:15 - 3:30 PM Policy Breakouts

Reforming Pretrial Release and Bail

Presented by Mike Jones, Director of Implementation, Pretrial Justice Institute; and Sue Ferrere, Technical Assistance Manager, Pretrial Justice Institute.

Discussion Materials:

Improving the Reentry Process and Reducing Offender Recidivism

Presented by Dennis Schrantz, Director, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency Center for Justice Innovation.

Discussion Materials:

Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Justice-Involved Populations

Presented by Frankie Berger, Director of Advocacy, Treatment Advocacy Center; and Douglas Marlowe, Chief of Science, Law and Policy, National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Discussion Materials:

Safely Reducing Prison and/or Jail Populations

Presented by Reginald Wilkinson, President, Connecting the Dots.

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Implementing Evidence-Based Practices, Including Access to Data, Information Sharing Practices, Adopting Performance Metrics, and Integrating Evaluation

Presented by David Steingraber, Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association; and Roger Przybylski, Founder/Consultant, RKC Group.

Discussion Materials

3:30 - 4:30 PM Teams Reconvene: Takeaways from Policy Breakouts

4:30 - 5:00 PM Closing Session: Wrap-up

Facilitators led a discussion highlighting takeaways from the policy breakout sessions. Facilitators: Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association; and Cabell Cropper, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

7:30 - 8:15 AM Breakfast with the Experts

Teams met for breakfast with NGA and NCJA staff, and subject matter experts.

8:15 - 9:30 AM Policy Breakouts*

*These sessions repeat some content from the previous day, allowing team members an opportunity to participate in two breakout sessions during the summit.

Reforming Pretrial Release and Bail

Presented by Mike Jones, Director of Implementation, Pretrial Justice Institute; and Sue Ferrere, Technical Assistance Manager, Pretrial Justice Institute.

Improving the Reentry Process and Reducing Offender Recidivism

Presented by Dennis Schrantz, Director, Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency Center for Justice Innovation.

Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Justice-Involved Populations

Presented by Frankie Berger, Director of Advocacy, Treatment Advocacy Center; and Douglas Marlowe, Chief of Science, Law and Policy, National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Safely Reducing Prison and/or Jail Populations

Presented Reginald Wilkinson, President, Connecting the Dots.

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices, Including Access to Data, Information Sharing Practices, Adopting Performance Metrics, and Integrating Evaluation

Presented David Steingraber, Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association; and Roger Przybylski, Founder/President, RKC Group.

9:30 - 9:45 AM Break

9:45 - 11:15 AM Key Principles for Strategically Planning, Implementing and Sustaining Reform Efforts

Experts will discuss the value of strategic planning and the key elements of an effective planning process in the context of criminal justice reform, including a shared vision for the future, collaboration, and the leveraging of assets and disparate resources. The importance of data collection and analysis, and lessons learned from implementation science and sustainment research also will be presented. Presenters: Clay Yeager, Senior Vice-President, Evidence Based Associates and National Policy Director, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development; and Roger Przybylski, President, RKC Group.

Discussion Materials:

11:15 - 11:45 AM The National Criminal Justice Reform Project’s Request for Proposal Process

NGA and NCJA will discuss required elements of the RFP, clarify expectations, and highlight next steps in the application and selection process for ongoing technical assistance. Presenters: Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association; and Cabell Cropper, Executive Director, National Criminal Justice Association.

11:45 - 12:00 PM Wrap-up and Adjourn