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November 05, 2021

Criminal Justice Section to host 14th Fall Institute, Nov. 18-19, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2021 — The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section will host its 14th Annual Fall Institute, Nov.18-19 in Washington, D.C. The conference theme is “Probation & Parole Transformation: Advancing Racial Equity and Enhancing Public Safety."

The conference will kick off on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. EST with a 90-minute town hall meeting on “Priorities in White Collar Enforcement in the Biden Administration.” Speakers will include Lisa Miller, acting deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department; Melissa Hodgman, former acting director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Aisling O’Shea, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell in Washington. Moderator is Christine Wong, partner at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

14th Annual Fall Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 18-19

The Madison Hotel
1177 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

According to Pew Research, starting in 2007, policymakers initiated bipartisan reforms that reduced the number of people behind bars in many states to protect public safety, improve accountability and save taxpayer dollars. Yet, the new regulations overlooked community supervision, which is the largest part of the correctional system. The most recent data says that 4.5 million people in the United States are on probation or parole, which doubles the incarcerated population across state and federal prisons and local jails. As a result, the community supervision system has become overloaded, leading to questions surrounding its effectiveness.

Probation and parole practitioners have already called for more action that promotes the supportive aspects of each method of supervision. Greater awareness and advocacy can help probation and parole receive the attention necessary for real change.

Friday’s programming will feature two plenary sessions followed by breakout sessions to examine the issues. Topics include:

  • Plenary Session: “Debunking the Myths of Probation & Parole Supervision”
  • Breakout Session I: Track A — “Changing How We Talk: Abandoning the Use of Stigmatizing Labels for Justice-Involved People”
  • Breakout Session I: Track B — “Alternatives to Incarceration Roundtable: Views on the Past, Present and Future”
  • Breakout Session II: Track A — “The Role of Al in the Carceral State”
  • Breakout Session II: Track B — “The Federal Reentry Court in Philadelphia: A Holistic Model for Success”
  • Plenary Session: “Dismantling Post-Release Barriers to Successful Reentry”

Click here for the complete program schedule.

This event is open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected]. Note: All meeting attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the meeting. Reporters covering the Fall Meeting in person should contact [email protected] for further instructions.

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