Agenda

March 7, 2017


6:00 PM PJI is Turning 40! John Clark is celebrating 30!
Pretrial Justice Institute at 40: Bringing Vision to Reality


March 8, 2017

8:00 AM Registration and Exploration

9:30 AM Innovation Keynote
Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Pretrial Justice Institute

We’ll kickoff this unconventional convention with some food for thought on the future of pretrial. 
Read the Keynote here.

10:00 AM What If We Were Wrong? The Pretrial Justice Pre-Mortem 
Matt Alsdorf, Laura and John Arnold Foundation Laurie Dudgeon, Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky Adam Foss, Prosecutor Impact Jessica Jackson, #cut50 Jon Rapping, Gideon’s Promise Hon. Eric Washington, Chief Justice, Washington D.C. Court of Appeals

We are in the third wave of bail reform, and have gotten farther this time than the  two times before. We should be doing everything we can now to ensure success.  But what is pretrial justice success?  How do we get there?  Are we already over-invested in one way or outcome? Do we all agree on the “right” methods, tools, end goals?  What if the changes we have proposed result in more detention, worsening racial disparity, or increased crime and harm?
Prospective hindsight – imagining an event or outcome has already happened – and working to identify reasons things worked out the way they did has been shown to improve future outcomes.  It requires straight talk, guts, and humility.  This panel will look critically at pretrial today to explore what we need to do it right.

11:45 AM Networking Lunch
 
1:00 PM Action Workshops

The UP Incubator
Sarah Turberville, The Constitution Project Adam Foss, Prosecutor Impact
Lynn Overmann, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Jac Charlier, TASC, Inc.

We’re hatching some new ideas here. Throughout the day, speakers will take the stage and share their perspectives on pretrial innovation. Stay for them all, or pop in for a few. Generate your own thoughts for new directions in our field, and share them through the University of Pretrial.   Recharge your batteries (and your phone).

Innovation Simulation: Everyone’s Invited to First Appearance
Paul DeWolfe, Maryland Office of the Public Defender Cliff Keenan, Pretrial Services Agency, Washington, D.C. Hon. Robert J.  Torres, Unified Courts of Guam Thomas Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney,  30th Judicial Circuit, Kentucky

Our courtroom just got a lot more crowded. An experienced prosecutor and defense attorney go head-to-head at first appearance, along with a pretrial officer armed with a risk assessment. Explore what this means for pretrial justice. 
Innovation Simulation: Everyone’s Invited to First Appearance Handout

Action Lab: Monitoring for Success, not Surveilling for Failure
Penny Stinson, National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies Laurie Dudgeon, Administrative Office of the Courts, Kentucky Sue Ferrere, Pretrial Justice Institute

We talk about “least restrictive conditions,” but what does that really mean? Work with experienced practitioners on a supervision continuum that keeps the community safe, doesn’t break the bank, and relies on defendants to come back to court.
Action Lab: Monitoring for Success, not Surveilling for Failure Handout

Voices: Civic Engagement - Joining the Team for Change
Khalil Cumberbatch, JustLeadershipUSA Edward Rush, Working Families Aaron Kucharski, Facing Addiction

This interactive presentation will focus on strategies for working in partnership with communities to bring meaningful change to your pretrial system. Panelists will put you to work, and you’ll leave with action steps.  

Pretrial Challenge: The Bail Edition
Lori Eville, National Institute of Corrections Tim Schnacke, Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices  Mike Jones, Pretrial Justice Institute

Ok, we can’t tell you too much about this one, because that would be cheating. Bring your team or join some new friends to develop concrete solutions to a major bail challenge.
Bail Challenge Handout

2:30 PM Innovators Challenge

Join us for a fast paced activity exploring diffusion of innovations and what it takes to move a community toward state-of-the-art justice systems.

3:30 PM More Action Workshops

The UP Incubator 
Laurie Dudgeon, Administrative Office of the Courts, KY Khalil Cumberbatch, JustLeadershipUSA John Snook, Treatment Advocacy Center Jon Rapping, Gideon’s Promise

Continued from the morning session….new speakers, new ideas, same charging station.

Innovation Simulation: Preventive Detention
Paul DeWolfe, Maryland Office of the Public Defender Cliff Keenan, Pretrial Services Agency, Washington, D.C. Hon. Robert J.  Torres, Unified Courts of Guam Thomas Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney,  30th Judicial Circuit, Kentucky

Join us in Pi-Con District Court for a preventive detention hearing and critically examine what you see.  We’ll consider legality, practicality, and what this would look like in your court.
Innovation Simulation: Preventive Detention Handout

Action Lab: Crunch the Numbers
Kristy Danford, Project Director, Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Mike Jones, Pretrial Justice Institute

Are you data-driven? Really? Hear from policymakers and analysts about data you have to have, presenting it, and being relentless in applying it to policy development and evaluation.  And yes, you’ll get to try it out. Bring your favorite spreadsheet, or one will be provided.
Action Lab: Crunch the Numbers Handouts

Voices: Victim’s Perspectives on Freedom and Safety
Anne Seymour, Justice Solutions William Petty, International Association of Chiefs of Police Dionne Wilson, Alliance for Safety and Justice

There are many victims’ rights and services relevant to the pretrial stage of the criminal justice system that help victims exercise their rights and enhance the persona safety of their loved ones and themselves. This session will utilize an interactive case study to guide participants through the pretrial decision points and actions that keep victims/survivors informed and involved.  
Voices: Victim's Perspectives on Freedom and Safety Handouts

Pretrial Challenge: The Jail Edition
Zach Dal Pra, Justice System Partners Pamela Rodriguez, TASC Inc. Robert Green, Department of Corrections, Montgomery County, Maryland

The challenge itself is a secret, but join us if you would like to rethink all of the paths to your sallyport.
Pretrial Challenge: The Jail Edition Handouts

 

March 9, 2017

7:00 AM   Energy Activity

If you’re a hard-boiled runner or an over easy yogi, join us to start your day sunny side UP.
7:00 — Fun Run 
7:30 — Yoga 

8:00 AM     Registration and Exploration

9:00 AM     The Great Debate
Tara Huffman, Open Society Institute, Moderator Marc Levin, Right on Crime Ted Lieu, United States Representative, 33rd District of California

People come to the issue of pretrial justice improvements from their own experiences, philosophies, and points of view, and with their own thoughts about how to talk about and make change. Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Director of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program’s Tara Huffman will moderate a discussion by two champions of policy, Right on Crime’s Director Marc Levin and Congressman Ted Lieu (D, CA). Audience members will be encouraged to submit questions via the convention app.

10:30   (Not Your Typical) Breakout Sessions

Pretrial Bootcamps

Start with jumping jacks. Then engage in real-life scenarios and receive feedback from faculty on your skills and strategies.
Pretrial Bootcamp Handouts

Reform is Coming, and You’re in Charge.

Mike Jones, Pretrial Justice Institute Meghan Guevara, Pretrial Justice Institute Spike Bradford, Pretrial Justice Institute Claire Brooker, Justice System Partners

Coordinating reform, either as a leader or behind the scenes, takes political savvy, strategic vision, technical knowledge, and attention to detail. Easy, right? This session will focus on skills for masterful coordination that gets the results you’re aiming for.

Immersion Roundtables

The PI-Con roundtables will bring together the experts, visionaries, and rabble-rousers of pretrial justice to discuss cutting edge and controversial topics in our field.  

Session 1: Pretrial Racial Justice
Tara Huffman, Open Society Institute-Baltimore Nathaniel Balis, Annie E. Casey Foundation  James Bell, W. Haywood Burns Institute Rachel Sottile Logvin, Pretrial Justice Institute, moderator

Is it possible to have an unbiased pretrial system, and can we mitigate the pervasive racial injustice we see today? This is a can’t miss conversation for anyone unwilling to accept the status quo in the justice system.

Session 2: The Constitution Question
Tim Schnacke, Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices Alexandra Starapoli, Drug Policy Alliance Sarah Turberville, The Constitution Project Robin Campbell, Pretrial Justice Institute, Moderator

Questions about bail and our Constitution go back to 1789; are we ready to answer them in 2017?  Join us for this critical exploration of pretrial justice as enshrined in federal and state constitutions, and the practical realities of constitutional change.  

UP Incubator Marc Levin, Right on Crime Max Suchan, Chicago Community Bond Fund Alec Karakatsanis, Civil Rights Corps (via video)

Hear some great ideas, and share your own! 

12:00 Lunch & Spotlight Presentations 
Recognizing the contributions of Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post & Max Suchan of the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

1:30 Convention Adjourns; Go Forth and Innovate!