Advancing Justice 2020

3/6/2020

advancing justice 2020 meeting ncsl

Meeting Summary

In the largest gathering of its kind, more than 80 state legislators from across the nation gathered in Fort Myers, Fla., Feb. 7-8, 2020 to learn about key policy topics and community-based solutions for reducing recidivism and right-sizing the criminal justice system. 

This historic convening was hosted by NCSL, in partnership with several national legislative member organizations—Americans for Prosperity, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, with support from Stand Together.

Advancing Justice 2020 brought together state lawmakers and legislative champions who have extensive experience and expertise in criminal justice policy. The meeting also included national experts in criminal justice that covered issues of preventing justice system involvement, law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion, drug policy, probation and parole supervision, and barriers to employment for individuals reentering society.

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Meeting Objectives

  • Learn how legislators and state and federal officials are teaming up with local nonprofits, business leaders, educational institutions and other stakeholders to reduce recidivism and build up their communities.
  • Explore criminal justice reform policy options and develop state-specific strategies to build consensus around a balanced justice system.
  • Network with—and learn from—peers, policy experts and community stakeholders.

Meeting emcee: John Tilley, senior fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, former Kentucky state representative & former secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

Friday, Feb. 7

7:30-9 a.m.

Registration + Breakfast

9-9:30 a.m.

 

Welcome Remarks + Meeting Preview

  • Sarah Brown, group director, NCSL Criminal Justice Program
  • Convocation: Senator Wayne Shaw, Oklahoma
  • John Tilley, senior fellow, Council on Criminal Justice
  • J.J. Gentry, staff vice chair, NCSL Executive Committee
  • Vikrant Reddy, senior fellow for criminal justice, Stand Together

9:30-10:45 a.m.

 

Getting Motivated for Justice System Change

  • Daniel Nichanian, founding editor, The Appeal: Political Report | Presentation
  • Erin Haney, national policy director, REFORM Alliance
  • Vikrant Reddy, senior fellow for criminal justice, Stand Together

Resources

10:45-11:45 a.m.

 

Intervening Before Entry Into the Justice System

  • Lars Trautman, resident senior fellow, R Street Institute
  • Senator Cristina Castro, Illinois | SB 3023 (2018)
  • Tim Stay, CEO, The Other Side Academy | Presentation

Resources

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Lunch: Building Consensus for Legislative Reform

  • Greg Glod, criminal justice fellow, Americans for Prosperity
  • Ronald J. Lampard, senior director, Criminal Justice Task Force and Civil Justice Task Force, ALEC
  • South Carolina Senator Gerald Malloy, vice chair, NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee (LCJPS)
  • Montana Representative Barry Usher, vice chair, NCSL LCJPS
  • Hawaii Senator Donna Kim, chair of board of directors, National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • Hawaii Representative Kyle Yamashita, chair, National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators
  • Georgia Representative Billy Mitchell, president-elect, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Kansas Representative Ponka-We Victors, chair, National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
  • New Jersey Senator Nellie Pou, president-elect, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

Resources

1:30-1:40 p.m.

Break

1:40-2:55 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

 

Access to Counsel and Public Defense

 

Moderator: J.J. Gentry, ethics counsel, South Carolina

  • David Caroll, executive director, Sixth Amendment Center | Presentation
  • Senator Gerald Malloy, South Carolina
  • Julie Warren, director of state initiatives, Right on Crime

 

Law Enforcement, Policing and Prosecutorial Discretion

 

Moderator: Ronald J. Lampard, senior director, Criminal Justice Task Force and Civil Justice Task Force, ALEC

  • Taryn Merkl, senior counsel, Law Enforcement Leaders
  • Marlene Biener, deputy general counsel, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys | Presentation
  • Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel, LatinoJustice
  • Lars Trautman, resident senior fellow, R Street Institute

Resources

 

Probation and Parole Supervision Strategies

 

Moderator: Amanda Essex, senior policy specialist, NCSL Criminal Justice Program | Presentation

  • Adam Gelb, president and CEO, Council on Criminal Justice | Presentation
  • Michael Nail, commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Supervision

Resources

2:55-3:10 p.m.

Break

3:10-4:20 p.m.

 

Drug Policy Update

  • Alex Kreit, co-director, Center for Criminal Law and Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Debi Taylor Tate, co-chair, National Judicial Opioid Task Force | Presentation

 

Legislative Respondents

  • Representative Leslie Herod, Colorado
  • Representative Kim Koppelman, North Dakota

Resources

4:20-4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30-5:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

 

Policing and Property Rights: An Update on Civil Asset Forfeiture

 

Moderator: Susan Parnas Frederick, senior federal affairs counsel, NCSL

  • David B. Smith, attorney, David B. Smith, PLLC
  • Lisa Soronen, executive director, State and Local Legal Center
  • Darpana M. Sheth, senior attorney, Institute for Justice

Resources

Law Enforcement, Policing and Prosecutorial Discretion

 

Moderator: Ronald J. Lampard, senior director, Criminal Justice Task Force and Civil Justice Task Force, ALEC

  • Taryn Merkl, senior counsel, Law Enforcement Leaders
  • Marlene Biener, deputy general counsel, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys | Presentation
  • Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel, LatinoJustice
  • Lars Trautman, resident senior fellow, R Street Institute

Resources

 

Probation and Parole Supervision Strategies
 

Moderator: Amanda Essex, senior policy specialist, NCSL Criminal Justice Program | Presentation

  • Adam Gelb, president and CEO, Council on Criminal Justice | Presentation
  • Michael Nail, commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Supervision

Resources

 

5:45-6 p.m.

Break

6-8:30 p.m.

Reception + Dinner: Working Groups with Criminal Justice Champions

Saturday, Feb. 8

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8-9 a.m.

Breakfast Program: How Community Can Help Sustain Reform

  • Elizabeth Henneke, executive director, Lone Star Justice Initiative | Presentation
  • Bettie Kirkland, CEO, Project Return Inc.

9-9:10 a.m.

Break

9:10-10:25 a.m.

 

Unleash Potential by Removing Barriers to Employment

  • Nancy Hammer, vice president of regulatory and judicial engagement, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Aly Tamboura, manager, criminal justice reform program, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Legislative Respondents

  • Senator John McCollister, Nebraska
  • Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, Maryland

10:25-10:50 a.m.

Break for Hotel Checkout

10:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Takeaways + Moving Forward

 

12:10-12:30 p.m.

 

Wrap Up Remarks

  • John Tilley, senior fellow, Council on Criminal Justice
  • Sarah Brown, group director, NCSL Criminal Justice Program
  • Brianna Walden, associate director of criminal justice, Stand Together

 

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

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This event has been made possible through support from Stand Together.