RURAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SUMMIT

RURAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SUMMIT

The Deason Center’s second annual Rural Criminal Justice Summit will be held on October 17 -18, 2019.

Agenda
Rural Criminal Justice Summit
October 17 – 18,  2019

 Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:55 – 8:25 am            Registration and Check-In

Foyer, James M. Collins Executive Education Center

8:30 – 9:00 am          Opening Remarks

Crum Auditorium, James M. Collins Executive Education Center Pamela R. Metzger, Professor and Director, Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center

9:00 – 10:15 am        Panel 1: Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder in Rural Contexts

Crum Auditorium, James M. Collins Executive Education Center

This panel explores successful rural approaches to mental illness and substance use disorder. With a focus on “what works” in rural communities, panelists will highlight successful rural strategies, techniques, and innovations. The panel discuss the importance of providing resources outside of the criminal justice system as well as what works in policing, courts, corrections, and reentry.

Howard Henderson, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Justice Administration, Texas Southern University (Moderator)

Robin A. Pollini, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, West Virginia University

J. Wagner, Senior Director, Smart Justice and Adult Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

10:15 – 10:30 am       Break

10:30 – 11:45 am       Working Groups Session 1

(See group assignments list)

Multi-stakeholder working groups will explore the characteristics of successful interventions. Moderators will facilitate a discussion about defining and measuring programmatic success.

11:45 – 12:15 pm       Lunch Break (box lunches provided)

Atrium, James M. Collins Executive Education Center

12:15 – 1:30 pm        Capstone Conversation

Crum Auditorium, James M. Collins Executive Education Center

A representative of each working group will briefly respond to the discussion prompts. Josie Beets of SAFE project will facilitate a conversation between participants and the panel.

Josie Beets, Senior Director of National Coordination, SAFE Project (Facilitator)

1:30 – 1:45 pm          Break

1:45 – 3:00 pm          Panel 2: Rural Innovation, Implementation, and Collaboration

Crum Auditorium, James M. Collins Executive Education Center

This session considers how to create, implement, and sustain rural criminal justice innovations. Professor Jessica Smith will describe the essential components of successful, collaborative, and stable criminal justice reforms. Three rural judges will then briefly describe their respective rural collaborations. Drawing on these judges’ real-world experiences, Joanna Landau will moderate their conversation with Professor Smith. Topics will include cross-stakeholder collaboration, systemic information-sharing agreements, and local funding strategies.

Hon. William J. Knight, Judge Division J, 22nd Judicial District Court, Louisiana Joanna Landau, Director, Utah Indigent Defense Commission (Moderator)

Hon. Jonathan Shamis, Judge, Lake County Court, Colorado

Hon. O. Duane Slone, Circuit Court Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Tennessee

Jessica Smith, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government, University of North Carolina School of Government

3:00 – 3:15 pm          Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm          Working Groups Session 2

(See group assignments list)

Participants will rejoin their working groups to discuss the process of building and sustaining local criminal justice system innovations. Moderators will guide participants in identifying the local partners who are essential to a successful innovation. Participants will also strategize about how to obtain these partners’ support and plan strategically for predictable obstacles. The role of research in establishing program legitimacy will also be addressed.

4:15 – 4:30 pm          Break

4:30 – 5:30 pm          Capstone Conversation

Crum Auditorium, James M. Collins Executive Education Center

A representative of each working group will briefly respond to the designated prompts. Then, Professor Pruitt will facilitate a conversation between participants and the panel.

Lisa R. Pruitt, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law (Facilitator)

5:40 & 5:50 pm         Shuttles Depart from Bishop Boulevard to Hyatt House Hotel

 

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:15 – 9:00 am          Coffee and Conversation: Networking Opportunity

Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall, Dedman Law School

9:00 – 10:15 am        Panel 3: Creating Successful Research and Funding Partnerships

Walsh Classroom, Underwood Library, Dedman Law School

This moderated conversation explores the panelists’ experiences developing, funding, and managing criminal justice partnerships for research and innovation. From their respective positions as funders, researchers, and academics, panelists will explain how they select projects and evaluate project success. Panelists will also discuss special considerations for partnerships in rural justice systems.

Madeline Bailey, Program Associate, Rural Jails Research and Policy Network, Vera Institute of Justice

April Faith-Slaker, Associate Director of Research Innovations, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard University

Tara Kunkel, M.S.W., Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts

Marc Levin, Vice President of Criminal JusticePolicy,           Texas  Public  Policy  Foundation (Moderator)

Rebecca Silber, Director of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures

10:15 – 10:30 am       Break

10:30 – 11:30 am       Working Groups Session 3

(See group assignments list)

Working groups will brainstorm what types of rural innovations, program designs, and research questions are best suited to partnerships with funders and researchers. Participants will also consider what tools and strategies rural communities need to effectively pursue those partnerships.

11:30 – 11:45 am       Break 

11:45 – 1:00 pm        Report Out, Lunch, and Closing Remarks

Walsh Classroom, Underwood Library, Dedman Law School

A representative of each working group will briefly respond to the designated prompts. Then, Vikrant Reddy will facilitate a conversation between participants and the panel. The day concludes with an announcement about the Deason Center’s rural justice campaign.

VikrantReddy, Senior Fellow, Charles Koch Institute (Facilitator)

1:30 pm         Shuttles Depart from Bishop Boulevard to Hyatt House Hotel