24th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The International Community Corrections Association invites you to join us for the next conference in the Doing What Matters series: "Widening the Lens of Community Justice: Poverty, Race and Trauma". The conference will be held from October 2 to 5, 2016 at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON, Canada. WorkShop Schedule • Participant Registration Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration • Student Sponsorship
Japan cordially invites you to attend the Third World Congress on Probation, where we look forward to welcoming practitioners and academics involved in community-based treatment of offenders from all over the world.
The world's largest forum in its field aims to promote and develop community-based treatment of offenders by sharing practical and academic knowledge, as well as broadening global networks.
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The official journal of the International Community Corrections Association, Journal of Community Corrections (JCC) is the most widely read and widely respected journal of policy, research, and programs for community-based rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. The original “what works” journal of evidence-based interventions, JCC brings readers the best thinking of today’s foremost experts in articles that are written, designed, and edited to stimulate action and achieve results.
About Community Corrections
The supervision of returning citizens and provision of supportive services to these individuals outside of jail or prison. Community corrections includes parole, probation, residential and employment services, and other support programs.
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ICCA hosts several events throughout the year featuring Federal policy makers, industry thought leaders, and experienced practitioners. In addition to plenary sessions, workshops focus on implementing best practices.
2nd Chances Siting Project
Gathering the collective wisdom of veteran community correction professionals from within its own membership, the International Community Corrections Association has created a Tool Kit for siting new or expanded community corrections programs and facilities. Learn more...
New Report: America needs to reconsider its approach to violent crime to reduce incarceration
As the nation struggles with how to address one of the greatest public policy issues in its history, a report, released today by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), takes a new look at the issue of mass incarceration and how America responds to violent crime. The report, Defining Violence: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America's Approach to Violence, notes that while there is currently more support than ever for criminal justice reform and efforts to reduce the imprisonment of more than 2 million people across the country, the U.S. will not be able to lower its incarceration rate significantly without changing how the justice system treats violent crimes.
The conversations on the federal and state levels, as well as recent policy reforms, have focused on reducing the incarceration of people convicted of nonviolent offenses. Yet just under half the people in prison have been convicted of a violent crime, and meaningful justice reform must include rethinking how laws, policies, and practices treat these offenses if the nation is to see sustained reductions in incarceration.
"This is a complicated political and systems reform issues, which many policymakers haven't even yet begun to grapple with," said Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute. "There's no question that we can safely and meaningfully reduce our prison and jail populations, but to do so we need to have the courage to come up with a more effective approach to violence prevention, and address how the justice system treats violent offenses."
"The efforts to effectively reduce our country's overreliance on incarceration can only be truly impactful if we include people convicted of violent offenses as part of these reforms. I know from experience running corrections systems, and the research bears this out, that many people convicted of a violent offense are actually less likely to reoffend than some others," said George Lombardi, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections. "Bottom line, people need to be looked at individually and assessed on their cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes while incarcerated, not only on the crime they committed, in determining whether they are appropriate for return to the community. We need to be making investments in things we know will work to keep people from a life of crime in the first place, including early childhood education, responding to childhood trauma, and effective community-based mental health services."
JPI is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and effective policies. The report Defining Violence and summaries of the major findings from the report are available on JPI's website on August 23rd.
An Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There
In 2014, a network of membership associations that represent community corrections practitioners—the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)—surveyed their memberships to gauge opinions about the state of the field. The survey sought to identify what community corrections practitioners believe are the significant issues and opportunities facing the field. CCCN's goal with the survey is to bring a fresh perspective about where the field needs to go and what community corrections will need to get there, and allow those engaged in the national criminal justice reform debate to hear directly from those working with most people under correctional control. This survey is the first to ask those employed in community corrections their opinions about the field's priorities. As such, the survey focuses on issues that relate to the direction community corrections is taking, the influence policymakers and the public have in determining that direction, and the resources needed to address new and anticipated priorities. The survey also provided CCCN an opportunity to determine if it is working on policy and issue areas that association memberships consider priorities Results show that the field embraces key elements of the new approach CCCN says the field needs to take: Key benchmarks include increasing reliance on evidence-based practices, research and data driven approaches. The survey results show strong support for a field that prioritizes innovation, systems change, collaboration and training.
An Interview with Alex Tomaszczuk
the Winner of Our 2015 Charlie Flowers Award
Alex Tomaszczuk the winner of ICCA's Charlie Flowers Award for 2015 recently sat down for an interview with a representative of ICCA, Dr. Kevin Downey. Alex is a partner at Pillsbury Law Firm who we'd also like to thank for their ongoing hosting of the annual DC Forum board meeting. The following is an excerpt from their conversation.
How did you get introduced to ICCA?
I was first introduced to ICCA by the President of Dismas Charities, Inc., Mr. Ray Weis, and its CEO, Ms. Jan Kempf. That introduction was, in turn, facilitated by one of the current members of Dismas's Board of Directors, who previously worked for Shaw, Pittman, one of the predecessor firms to Pillsbury (and where I started my legal career in 1982). Since that initial introduction I have had the pleasure of representing various organizations who participate in ICCA, including a few organizations that are represented on ICCA's Board. This work goes back a decade or more -- time flies when you're having fun! I have always been impressed by the significant societal contributions made by ICCA and its member organizations.
For what kind of issues might our association members turn to the Pillsbury Law firm?
What is your experience in the community corrections field?
By and large, my "formal" experience in community corrections has been derived from working with clients that provide halfway house and other types of rehabilitative services. I have had occasion to visit several different facilities operated by clients, and that has always proven to be an enlightening and informative experience. During a post-college fellowship I had the opportunity to study rising incarceration rates and actually tour the federal prison at Leavenworth. On a "pro bono" basis my firm has also represented incarcerated individuals, including one notable death row case. Those experiences explain the great respect I have for the work that ICCA and its members perform on a daily basis.
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