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NCJA Justice Bulletin, January 2015


NCJA is Seeking Nominations for Regional Representatives to the Advisory Council

The NCJA Elections Committee is seeking nominations for regional representatives on the NCJA Advisory Council, the principal governing body for NCJA.  

Regional representatives bring a different perspective to the NCJA leadership as the voice of practitioners in the field. Other members of the Advisory Council are state criminal justice agency administrators from each member state so the regional representatives bring added diversity to the governing body. The members of the Advisory Council help the NCJA Board of Directors formulate and guide the policy and direction of the association. The Advisory Council members are eligible for election as NCJA officers and Board of Directors members. Click here to view a statement of responsibility. 

Any individual, tribal member or the designated representative of a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in good standing can serve as a regional representative. The regional representatives are elected for a term of one year and may serve consecutive terms. Each region will elect a minimum of three representatives; a fourth representative may be elected from the tribal government members in each region. 

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NCJA to Receive National Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has named the National Criminal Justice Association as the recipient of its 2014 Public Sector Leadership Award.  NCAI Director Jacqueline Pata stated that the award is made "in appreciation of NCJA's firm commitment to tribal self-determination and our work as a champion of many issues that matter to tribal nations."  The award will be presented at 17th Annual Leadership Awards Banquet on February 25,

In partnership with the NCAI, NCJA has provided training and technical assistance in enhancing collaboration between state, local and tribal justice agencies since 2008.  "We have been privileged to work with several tribes and many tribal leaders on issues of shared concern," said NCJA Executive Director Cabell Cropper. "We are gratified that NCAI appreciates our efforts in this regard."

Developing Collaboration Strategies to Address Shared Problems in Indian Country:  An Update on NCJA's Work

In an era where crime respects no boundaries, criminal justice officials and practitioners must look beyond artificial jurisdictional boundaries to form partnerships dedicated to addressing shared problems and environmental factors contributing to criminal activity.  Nowhere are these collaborative approaches more important than in Indian Country. 

Three Indian nations-- Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Nez Perce Tribe, and the Seneca Nation of Indians are currently receiving training and technical assistance (TTA) from NCJA in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).  The purpose of the TTA is to improve the delivery of justice and safety, make more effective use of resources, and build long-term collaborative relationships among tribal, state, and local justice officials and agencies.  With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NCJA and NCAI helps jurisdictions develop collaborative strategies to address their complex jurisdictional issues and shared problems. 

In addition to the assistance provided to these three tribes, NCJA is also partnering with Fox Valley Technical College to provide strategic planning assistance to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Following is an example from our work with the Seneca Nation of Indians. We will provide updates on our work with the other two Indian nations in the coming months.

In addition, earlier this month, NCJA and Fox Valley co-hosted a meeting of federal agency representatives to share information and discuss coordination and delivery of training and technical assistance to tribal nations and Native American citizens. An update of that meeting is provided below.

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Seeking Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs

NCJA is seeking nominations for its annual NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards. These awards honor successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities.

Programs are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Does the program address an important criminal justice issue? 
  • Does the program demonstrate collaboration among criminal justice and allied agencies or disciplines?
  • Can the program provide quantitative evidence of its effectiveness in accomplishing program goals?
  • Does the program leverage federal, state, local or other non-governmental funds and resources?
  • Can the program be easily replicated in other jurisdictions?

The NCJA will honor these winning programs during an Awards Luncheon at the 2015 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Atlanta, Georgia. Travel expenses will be provided for one representative from each winning program.

For the first time, we will be hosting a webinar to help potential applicants craft their nomination packages. Join us for NCJA’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards: Tips and Tricks for Success, on February 25 at 3:00PM ET. 

During this webinar National Criminal Justice Association Executive Director Cabell Cropper will discuss the elements that go into a submitting a successful Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award application package. He will outline what the evaluators look for in a winning program and what information can and should be included for your nomination materials. Using examples from previous winners, he will also discuss what makes a program stand apart from the other applicants. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Visit the NCJA website for more information about the Outstanding Criminal Justice Awards including a nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations is April 17 at 5:00 ET. 

Provide Your Input on NCJA's Policy Statements

Please join the NCJA Policy Committee for a webinar to solicit input on NCJA's policy statements on February 4 from 2:200-3:30 pm. To register, click here

The NCJA Board of Directors reviews and revises the policy statements on a rotating basis. These policy statements address major interests and concerns of the organization's membership on contemporary crime and criminal justice issues and serve as the association's public position on these issues. 

The statements up for review this year are: Information Sharing and the Justice System; Improving Public Safety and Ensuring Justice; Juvenile Justice and the Prevention of Juvenile Crime and Delinquency; Prisoner Reentry; and Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils. In addition, the Policy Committee has proposed adding a new statement on Pretrial Justice. All of the current policy statements are available on the NCJA website.  

If you are unable to attend a webinar but would like to submit a comment please send an email NCJA Senior Policy Adviser David Steingraber or to any member of the Policy Committee: Alfred Blumstein, Kriste Etue, Jack Cutrone, Jacqueline Bunn or Kathleen Howard

Guide to Pretrial Reform for State Justice Planners and Policymakers Part of the New National Center for Justice Planning

NCJA is proud to announce a new, comprehensive Guide to Pretrial Reform for State Justice Planners and Policymakers, available through the National Center for Justice Planning. Developed through a cooperative effort between the Public Welfare Foundation and NCJA, this unique new guide contains comprehensive information to guide the implementation and evaluation of pretrial programs, including:

  • A policy guide for state policymakers, developed in consultation with State Administering Agencies (SAAs), the governor-designated criminal justice planners who administer federal criminal justice funds;
  • An overview of the legal underpinnings and historical framework for reform;
  • Knowing what to look for when mapping pretrial decision making in your state;
  • Resources for working with data, data systems, and research partners;
  • Performance, outcome and mission-critical measures;
  • Sample pretrial risk assessment instruments, manuals, and validation studies.
  • Information about the Laura and John Arnold Foundation's work towards a universal risk assessment;
  • Sample assessments of pretrial supervision, monitoring and diversion programs;
  • Potential challenges to implementation;
  • A variety of implementation toolkits;
  • A directory of national training and technical assistance providers;
  • An extensive list of online resources, including links to partner organizations in pretrial justice reform, national standards, and a glossary of terms. 

The Guide to Pretrial Reform is part of the newly re-launched of the National Center for Justice Planning (NCJP) website. In addition to pretrial reform, the redesigned site features new and improved sections on grants managementthe role of the state administering agency (SAA) in the administration of justice, strategic planningresearch and evaluation and the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG)  program and how it is used in the field.

Profiles for all 56 states and territories include contact information for the state administering agency, information about the organization and the grants each SAA manages, as well as detailed information on how the SAA allocates Byrne JAG in the state. An events calendar includes upcoming webinars, conferences, trainings, workshops and other events designed for criminal justice planners, policymakers and practitioners.

The National Center for Justice Planning (NCJP), a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) supports state, tribal, and local efforts to institutionalize comprehensive approaches to community-based strategic planning for justice. Working with jurisdictions that have sustained this approach and providing technical assistance to jurisdictions that are changing their planning strategies, the NCJP will establish comprehensive community-based strategic planning as standard practice within the justice system.


Social Solutions to Host Two Webinars on Drug Court Innovations

Join Social Solutions for two webinars on innovation in drug courts.The Omnibus Appropriations Bill, signed into law in December, provides a historic level of funding for drug, veteran, and DWI courts. As available funding for these programs increases, so does the expectation of quality case management, coordination, and data collection that support these initiatives. Now more than ever it will be critical to have insight on effective best practices and technology tools that will support the mission of the achievable best outcomes.

Behavior Modification in Drug Courts: Success using Rewards and Sanctions

February 5, 2015, 3:00 – 4:30 PM EST

Drug Court expert Dr. Douglas Marlowe will discuss the most effective behavior modification techniques for reducing substance abuse and crime in drug-addicted individuals. Dr. Marlowe will examine the science behind the success of combining rewards and sanctions in drug courts. Register here

ETO for Drug Courts: A Solution for Collaborative Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs

February 26, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

Join Nicole Geller, director justice solutions, and Josie Alleman, strategic initiatives consultant, for a review and demonstration of the Drug Court Performance Model. You’ll learn how the model was developed with evidence-based practices for Drug Courts including the Risk-Need-Responsivity principle, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques; view a demonstration; and get a chance to ask presenters questions afterwards. Register here

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