The Institute for Reform and Solutions and the Valley Justice Coalition are hosting Community Criminal Justice Days, on October 18 and 19, 2017 at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Virginia.
Community Criminal Justice Days has been designed to share information with the citizens of Rockingham, Page, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge Counties, and the cities therein, about local, state, and national criminal justice issues, activities, programs, and legislation. The forums are designed to educate and familiarize the public with the functions and operations of our local justice agencies while providing an overview of the related issues facing our nation today. Nationally recognized experts, as well as state and local practitioners, will present research and evidence-based initiatives that effectively address the social dysfunctions contributing to the escalating arrest and incarceration rates. Importantly, strategies will be outlined which provide communities with essential tools to join together to confront local problems.
This event offers unique opportunities for all citizens, government officials, business owners, non-profit agencies, and all stakeholders in our region. Justice-Involved persons and their families are encouraged to attend to lend their voices to the discussions. College and university students are invited attend CCJD, and may collaborate to address local initiatives. Representatives of these agencies and organizations will circulate throughout the building, available for questions or comments, anxious to connect with the conference participants.
The culmination of the conference on Thursday, October 19th, will showcase a Candidates’ Forum. This roundtable event will bring together candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, running for election for Legislative Districts 6, 25, 20, and 24; to share their views on justice-related issues as well as past and future legislative action to improve the lives of not only their constituents but all Virginians. The candidates will also be briefed on the tenor of the discussions of the two days in an effort to craft a potential legislative agenda for the 2018 Session of the General Assembly.
Community Criminal Justice Days has been designed to serve counties and municipalities throughout the Shenandoah Valley to fortify relationships, embrace our neighbors, promote civility, and generate ideas for improvements in their local criminal justice systems in addition to the general quality of life. These days represent an initial dialog between citizens, their governments, non-profit partners, and the private sector that, with your support, will successfully deliver significant, positive outcomes for our communities.
Wednesday, October 18th
- 10:00-11:00 am Registration
- 11:00-noon Keynote speaker – Treatment Delivery Systems in Custody: When Administrators Must Act
- Noon-1:15 pm Panel – The Opioid Crisis – Part I
- 1:15-1:30 pm Pizza break
- 1:30-2:45 pm Panel – Corrections and Community Services Boards: A Partnership in Offender Management
- 2:50-4:05 pm Panel – Restorative Justice: Applications for the Criminal Justice System
- 4:10-5:25 pm Panel – Women, Poverty, & Incarceration
- 4:10-5:25 pm Roundtable – Family Members of Justice-Involved Persons: Lending Their Voices
Thursday, October 19th
- 8-8:45 am Registration
- 8:45-9:00 am Opening Remarks
- 9:00-10:00 am Keynote speaker – The Neuroscience of Addiction and the Urgency of Justice Reinvestment
- 10:05-11:20 am Panel – Opioid Crisis Part 2: The Northwest Virginia Response to the Heroin Highway
- 10:05-11:20 am Panel – The Importance of Workforce Training and Employment Readiness
- 11:25-12:40 pm Panel – Specialty Courts: Are We Reaching Those In Greatest Need?
- 11:25-12:40 pm Re-entry – From Custody to Community: The Long Journey Home
- 12:40-12:55 pm Lunch Break (lunch tickets available)
- 1:00-1:55 pm Keynote Speaker – Senator Jill Vogel
- 2:00-3:00 pm Panel – Spirituality, Incarceration, and Reentry: The Role of the Clergy
- 3:05-4:20 pm Panel – Driving Virginia’s Marijuana Policy: On the Road to Common Sense Reform
- 3:05-4:20 pm Panel – Mental Health: Resources, Education, and Understanding
- 4:25-5:00 pm Recap of presentations
- 5-6:30 pm Political Candidates Forum
Come participate in the energy, passion, and dialog!
Together, we are stronger!