2017 National Forum Agenda

The National Forum on Criminal Justice showcases programs, research and technologies that help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. The conference sessions highlight promising and innovative strategies to address crime around the country; explore how technology can improve the administration of justice; examine research and evaluation; and highlight priority issues within the Department of Justice and available resources.

The 2017 conference agenda is available below (click here to view a PDF version). More information will be posted as details are finalized. A complete program that includes the full agenda, speaker bios, sponsor profiles and a floor map will be posted prior to the conference. Only abridged pocket agendas will be distributed at the conference; complete programs will only be available online (in this section) and through our mobile event app.

Sunday, July 30

Pre-Conference Sessions

Registration and fees for pre-conference sessions are separate from the National Forum registration. You do not need to be registered for the National Forum to attend these sessions.

NCJA Grants Management Training Day

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

The cost to attend is $150 per person. 

Click here to register | View the draft agenda

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) will be hosting this session. Topics include: US DOJ grants financial management and progress reporting requirements; the role of the state administering agency in the administration of Byrne JAG funds; electronic grants management; and opportunities to ask the experts. Lunch will be provided. View a draft agenda for this event.

JRSA Workshop: Introduction to Program Evaluation

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The cost to attend is $150 for JRSA members; $230 for non-members. Click here to register.

This workshop will provide an overview of the basic elements and components of program evaluation. Topics will include: types of evaluation; developing performance measures and logic models; evaluation designs; evaluability assessment; and benefit-cost analysis. The overview will employ examples of evaluation of criminal and juvenile justice programs. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own programs. Panelists: Dr. Erin Farley, JRSA Research Associate, and Dr. Stan Orchowsky, Senior Research Fellow at JRSA.

New SAC Director Orientation

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Opening Ceremony

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | International Ballroom 3, 4, 5

The California Criminal Justice Reform Experience.  This panel discussion with state and local leaders would focus on the broader reform efforts that have taken place in California.  It would include conversation around policy changes like realignment, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57 and their impact on the system. This panel would give a variety of perspectives including the broader state policy, impacts to the state prison and parole system, impacts to the local corrections system, and impacts at the court level. Moderator: Linda Penner, Chair, CA Board of State and Community Corrections. Panelists: Secretary Scott Kernan, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Robin Lipetzky, Contra Costa County Public Defender; Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney; and Dionne Wilson, National Crime Survivor Advocate, Californian for Safety and Justice.

Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm