Special Topics

Sponsors: National Institute of Corrections through subcontract with National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

A Center staff member will participate in the planning and execution of a Diversion Symposium for the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.  This will include identifying organizations to participate, assisting with finalizing the Diversion Symposium goals and objectives, aiding with Symposium logistics, helping to develop the final agenda, serving as faculty during the event, assisting with developing the Diversion Symposium curriculum and selecting faculty, and developing and writing a White Paper to inform the diversion field of the major issues and points Diversion Symposium and describe next steps to advance pretrial diversion as an evidence-based decision point.

The Center is collaborating with the Urban Institute to convene and support the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to address challenges in the federal corrections system. Specifically, the Center will facilitate and manage the Task Force’s process; and along with the Urban Institute will convene roundtables with stakeholder and substantive experts, draft an overview of best practices in corrections; conduct a review of Bureau of Prison practices regarding operations, programming and reentry planning; and provide ongoing support to Task Force members. Lastly, the Center will assume responsibility for developing and maintaining the Task Force website; and disseminating the Task Force findings, recommendations, and final report.

Center staff will coordinate a Working Session on the National Institute of Correction Sexual Safety Curriculum. This will entail attending a meeting to discuss the development of the Working Session, reviewing materials prepared for the event, preparing goals and agenda for the session, facilitating the event, and preparing a meeting record in support of the development of a Sexual Safety curriculum.

Sponsors: The Moss Group

Center staff planned and facilitated a series of critical issues workshops on the impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in three areas: PREA and Critical Issues Facing Juvenile Justice Leaders; Classification and Sexual Safety; and Impact on Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

In April 2005, the Office of Justice Programs conducted a landmark session that brought together representatives from law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners’ offices, victim advocates, and families of missing persons to strategize about how the Department of Justice could help the field to more effectively respond to missing person cases and identifying human remains. OJP sought the assistance of the Center to develop and deliver a presentation on the importance of collaboration in responding to missing person cases and cases involving unidentified remains, design work group sessions that elicited specific participant recommendations about how to improve current practices in these areas, create a record of the meeting, and synthesize participant comments into priority action areas for OJP.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, the National Symposium assembled a broad audience of experts from around the country to explore the relationship between alcohol abuse and crime, advance the state of knowledge on this issue, and provide recommendations to the Office of Justice Programs and other federal agencies on what they might do to support effective change in this area. The event culminated with a personal briefing during which participants synthesized the results of the Symposium’s working session for the United States Attorney General.