LCJPS 2017 Legislative Summit Agenda

8/3/2017

2017 Legislative SummitThe NCSL 2017 Legislative Summit will meet at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Aug. 6-9. Below is the preliminary agenda for the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.  

Here is the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee schedule at a glance.  

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SUNDAy, Aug. 6, 2017
Time Sessions

1-2 p.m.
BCEC Ballroom

General Session

2:15-3:45 p.m.
BCEC 156 BC
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Immigration in 2017  (CLE)

The role of state and local law enforcement in federal immigration policy is back in the forefront of public debate. Learn about sanctuary policies, actions of states and Congress. What do the federal administration’s orders on immigration enforcement mean for states? How have the courts weighed in?

Moderator: 

  • Representative Craig Tieszen, South Dakota

Speaker: 

  • RepresentativeThomas U. Reynolds, Mississippi
  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Esq., Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar & Clinical Professor of Law, Director -- Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania
     
4-5:30 p.m.
BCEC 156 BC

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Committee Business Meeting

Discussion and potential action on new or renewal policies.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The committee business meetings are paperless this year. Policy directives and resolutions are accessible in electronic format on the NCSL app and on the agenda and resources page on the Summit website.  All meeting rooms have wireless internet access. 
 

Presiding: 

  • Senator Gerald Malloy, South Carolina
  • Representative Craig Tieszen, South Dakota

Speaker: 

  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL
5:30-6 p.m.
BCEC 257 A
NCSL Steering Committee (Standing Committee Chairs)
MONday, Aug. 7
7:30-8:30 a.m.
BCEC 257 B
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Breakfast

Medication-Assisted Treatment in the Justice System

Solutions to the continuing opioid problem remain high on legislative agendas. Recent enactments have authorized, required, or funded the use of medication assisted treatment throughout the justice system. Learn about approaches to medication assisted treatment.
 

Moderator: 

  • Representative Eric K. Hutchings, Utah

Speaker: 

  • William "Zach" Holzapfel, Associate Director, Government Affairs & State Policy, Alkermes, Massachusetts 
  • Amber Widgery, Senior Policy Specialist, NCSL Criminal Justice Program
8:45-10 a.m.
BCEC 156 BC
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Marijuana Federalism  (CLE)

While the Trump administration mulls its approach to state-regulated, medical and adult-use marijuana, most agree that there is untenable conflict between the federal government and the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana use.  Learn about the intergovernmental legal issues in play and what is at stake for states’ rights.
 

Moderator: 

  • Senator Gerald Malloy, South Carolina

Speakers: 

  • Representative Roger E. Goodman, Washington
  • John Hudak, Ph.D, Senior Fellow -- Governance Studies, Deputy Director -- Center for Effective Public Management, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. 
  • Robert A. Mikos, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, Tennessee
10:15-10:45 a.m.
BCEC 156 BC

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Federal Update

In addition to immigration, there has been a lot of federal activity in recent months. Learn about federal legislation in the 115th Congress that has state impact and how you can be an advocate for states’ rights.


Presiding: 

  • Representative Craig Tieszen, South Dakota

Speaker: 

  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL
10:45-11:45 a.m.
BCEC 156 BC
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reentry
 

After prison, individuals must secure a job, find a place to live, get health care, renew family relationships and comply with court-ordered debts. Yet little education and work experience, a history of drug abuse and mental illness, and other issues hinder their ability to be productive, taxpaying community members. Learn how lawmakers are teaming up with their state agencies and community, religious and business leaders to create a comprehensive support system for returning offenders. 
 

Moderator: 

  • Representative Eric K. Hutchings, Utah

Speaker:

  • Commissioner Michael Nail, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Georgia

Respondents: 

  • Senator Wesley T. Bishop, Louisiana
  • Representative Katrina R. Jackson, Louisiana
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
BCEC 257 A
NCSL Steering Committee (Standing Committee Chairs)
12-1:15 p.m.
BCEC 156 BC

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Luncheon
Reducing Recidivism Through Inmate Training

For the nearly 11.5 million people who cycle in and out of prison and jail every year, employment is key to becoming a productive, taxpaying member of the community. Learn about an award-winning prisoner training program that’s helping offenders find gainful employment and reducing recidivism.  

 

NCSL gratefully acknowledges Johnson Controls, Inc. for their support of this luncheon. 
 

Moderator: 

  • Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland

Speakers: 

  • Jerry Hirsch, Manager, Johnson Controls Institute, LEED GA, Facility O&M Assessments & Development, Johnson Controls International, Wisconsin
  • Gary Shotwell, Warden - Retired, Corrections Consultant, Louisiana
  • John Steele, Senior Director, Johnson Controls, Inc., Washington, D.C.
1:30-3 p.m.
BCEC 205 ABC
 

Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Supreme Court Roundup  (CLE)
(Joint with the Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff)
Many cases with implications for states came before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, on issues that include police, transgender students, and First Amendment speech. Learn about these cases and how the Court’s ruling will impact your state.   
 

Moderator: 

  • Representative Roger E. Goodman, Washington

Speaker: 

  • Lisa Soronen, Chief Counsel and Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
3:15-5 p.m.
BCEC 210 ABC
NCSL Business Meeting
TUESDay, Aug. 8


10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
BCEC 102 AB
 

"Other, Related Sessions"  

Deep Dive
 Police Community Relations  (CLE)
Policing is at the forefront of many American racial and equity tensions. Last year, 64 officers and 963 civilians were shot and killed during police interactions—tragedies that highlight the need for action. There are no easy solutions. Building trust to find a path forward will take hard work, resources and mutual respect. Find out how to be a part of meeting this challenge. Learn about collaborative efforts promoting unbiased administration of justice; ideas to bolster transparency and accountability between communities and their police force; and how analyzing data from individual police interactions can shape better policy.
 

Facilitator: 

  • Katherine McQuay, Acting Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Washington, D.C.

Speakers: 

  • Phillip Atiba Goff, Cofounder & President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Center for Policing Equity, New York 
  • Deputy Superintendent Colm Lydon, Office of the Boston Police Commissioner, Massachusetts
  • Mayor Catherine Pugh, City of Baltimore, Maryland

Respondents: 

  • Representative Roger E. Goodman, Washington
  • Senator Jim Hendren, Arkansas
  • Senator Kwame Raoul, Illinois
2:15-3:30 pm
BCEC 102 AB

Issue Session — Locked Up: Reforming Bail and the Front End of Justice

Jails are intended to hold people who are dangerous or pose a flight risk before trial, but have instead become de facto warehouses for people with serious mental illness and those who are too poor to meet financial conditions of release. Six of every 10 people in local jails have not been convicted of a crime, but are held awaiting trial, and most are accused of property, drug or other nonviolent offenses. Find out the latest on what states are doing to change the front end of the justice system.

 

Moderator: 

  • Susan Parnas Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL 

Panelists:

  • Laurie Garduque, Director, Justice Reform, The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Illinois
  • Senator Robert M. Herrtzberg, California
  • Marc Levin, Director, Right on Crime, Texas
3:45-5 p.m.
BCEC 102 AB
 

Issue Session  First Stop: Jail or Treatment?  (CLE)
Our jails are frequently the first stop for individuals suffering from mental health and substance abuse problems. Deflecting these people from arrest and prosecution to treatment and services in the community is an emerging “public health” approach. Explore ways the states are detouring people away from jail.

 

Moderator: 

  • Representative Eric K. Hutchings, Utah

Panelists: 

  • Jac Charlier, National Director of Justice Initiatives, Center for Health and Justice at TASC, Illinois
  • Edward Garvey, Sergeant Detective, Drug Control Unit, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts
  • Senator Whitney H. Westerfield, Kentucky
Wednesday, Aug. 9
9:30-10:45 a.m.
BCEC 102 AB
 

Issue Session  Smart on Crime                            

Instead of responses that criminalize juvenile delinquency and impose lengthy prison sentences, the new approach is to invest in community-based alternatives that protect public safety, reduce recidivism and effectively manage costs. Explore the changing attitudes and learn about smart on crime policies.


Moderator:

  • J.J. Gentry, Counsel, Ethics Committee, South Carolina Senate

Panelist:

  • Adam Gelb, Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.
  • Ronal Serpas, Co-Chair, Law Enforcement Leaders, Louisiana
  • Representative Gregory Snowden, Mississippi
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
BCEC 206 AB
 

Issue Session  Cannabis Crosses the Country

Lawmakers from states that recently legalized adult-use marijuana at the ballot box have plenty to learn from the pioneering states when it comes to taxation, product regulation and other concerns. But no one is certain how all this may change with the Trump administration. Explore the complexity and uncertainty of the cannabis industry.  (Note:  This is a Live Streaming Session.)

 

Moderator: 

  • Karmen Hanson, Program Director, NCSL

Panelists: 

  • Lewis Koski, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Freedman & Koski Inc., Colorado
  • Representative Daniel Pabon, Colorado
  • Representative Teresa S. Pierce, Maine
  • Jordan Wellington, JD, Associate, Vicente Sederberg, Colorado