With its criminal justice system in disarray following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans invited the Vera Institute of Justice to examine the city’s court and jail operations. For five years, Vera has been tracking arrest-to-first-appearance time, custodial arrests versus summonses, the granting of pretrial release, and many other decision-making points. Based on analysis of these data, Vera is making policy recommendations to assist with the implementation of new procedures and to ensure performance monitoring. Like other jurisdictions, New Orleans had never collected court, jail, and other justice system data in ways that could inform policy development. Vera’s work has demonstrated to key stakeholders—including legislators and executive officials—that data capture and analysis can be critical. For example, the New Orleans Police Department used Vera’s data to monitor the time from arrest to report writing to more effectively manage individual line officers’ output. In addition, data are now at the heart of a citywide debate over the proper size of the new jail that is being planned. Learn more about these successes, the continuing challenges of replacing a jurisdiction’s existing data systems, and how costs and other institutional issues will test the “acceptance” of critical criminal justice policies in the years to come.The seminar is free but you must RSVP to gain access to the OJP building. Please allow 20 minutes to get through security.
Sign up to walk with Team BPSOS at the 2012 DC STOP Modern Slavery Walk on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the National Mall. 5K walk, anti-trafficking resource fair, luminary speakers, and lively musical performances. 100% of net proceeds will go directly to non-profit organizations working to combat human trafficking and/or care for victims. BPSOS is a beneficiary for this year's walk - more than 85% of our anti-trafficking funding.
This Symposium celebrates the DC Rape Crisis Center's 40th Anniversary by offering 4 amazing workshops on trauma therapy. These workshops will provide tools for professionals working with survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Participants will learn specific techniques to incorporate into their work: how to help survivors heal through somatic therapies, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), poetry and expressive arts, and by addressing dissociation in complex trauma. Presenters include Santa Molina, LICSW, Barbar Blitzer, LCSW-C, M.Ed, M.E. Hart, and Nicole Kaib, PhD, LPC.Registration Fee: $100.00 (50% discount for students, DCRCC affiliates, and early registrants by June 1st)
The 8th Annual Race to Stop the Silence (Stop Child Sexual Abuse) on April 29, 2012, in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., is just around the corner. A scenic, flat and fast course, the race is incredibly fun and upbeat.. and educational to boot! It includes a timed 8K Race, a 5K run (timed but no prizes), a 1K kids' run (all kids get prizes), music, motivational speakers, organizational booths, fun and games for the kids, great prizes, and more. For information, registration, and lots more pics, see www.stopcsa.org/race .
Don't forget to set up your fundraising page and get credit for the funds you raise (prizes for the most funds raised!) - easy to do through the registration process. Encourage friends and family to support you. (People can also donate directly through the registration site.) Last year, runners and walkers raised over $11,000!!! Let's beat that in 2012!
The Healthy Masculinity Summit is part of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP), the most ambitious undertaking ever to spread the message of healthy, non-violent masculinity across the country. HMAP, a two-year action project, will develop new male leatership that role models strenth without violence. Men who are strong and assertive, as well as caring and connected, benefit our loved ones, schools, workplaces, nation, and the world.
HMAP kicks off with the summit in Washington, DC, October 17-19, 2012. We will gather the best of the best - male and female leaders, from business to education, from policy to sports, as well as organizations working to prevent violence against women and girls and other forms of violence.
Research tells us that a relatively small fraction of individuals experience a large proportion of violent victimizations. Thus, focusing on reducing repeat victimization might have a large impact on total rates of violence. However, research also tells us that most violent crime victims do not experience more than one incident during a six-month or one-year time period. As a result, special policies to prevent repeat violence may not be cost-effective for most victims.
Dr. Lauritsen will summarize existing research on repeat violent victimization, both here in the United State and abroad. She will provide new findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey about the potential impact that reducing repeat victimization might have on rates of violence in the US. She will discuss possible factors that can be used to predict whether victimization is likely to be repeated and suggest how such information can inform policy and practice.
The Center for Court Innovation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Center for court Innovation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are offering a unique opportunity to learn more about community justice and other criminal justice innovations. Community Justice 2012, the International Conference of Community Courts will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on January 21-February 2, 2012. this multidisciplinary conference is intended for judges, police officials, attorneys, community corrections officials, court administrators, victim advocates, community organizers, and others interested in criminal justice reform. It will provide participants with both hands-on tools to improve their work and access to cutting-edge research in the field.
There is no registration fee for the conference, but space is limited. Continuing legal education credits will be available.
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