University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Community Justice Symposium

The Deeper End of the Pond:
Innovative Practices in Community Justice

Arising from the Community Justice Initiative's efforts, the School of Law hosted a national symposium dedicated to community justice initiatives, bringing together academics, judges and lawyers, public health officials and representatives of non-profit, community, and faith-based organizations to share and discuss innovative and effective approaches to advancing community justice.

Program Agenda

Thursday, March 8, 2007

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Symposium Registration- Participant Arrival & Check In

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Youth Media Showcase Reception

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Community Justice:  Realities & Possibilities (audio Part 1 and Part 2) (video)
This Youth Media Showcase and Panel Discussion will exhibit youth-created media (audio, visual & photography) that examines the realities of crime and violence and/or the possibilities of achieving positive change and social justice at the community level.

Friday, March 9, 2007

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Symposium Registration and Contintental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Morning Plenary (audio) (video)
Dr. Elijah Anderson, The Charles and William Day Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania and author, The Code Of The Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life Of The Inner City. Dr. Anderson explains "why" individuals choose to embrace criminal and anti-social behavior in a community.

9:45 -10:00 a.m.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Session I - Workshops Addressing Community Capacity Building

  1. Interactive Techniques to Promote Mutual Understanding Between Students of Different Backgrounds
  2. A Hospital Based Violence Intervention Project Success Story
  3. Shape Matters - Circles of Community Justice & Community Building
  4. Victims of Crime as Community Justice Participants
  5. No Longer A Traditional Way of Thinking: Looking at the Justice System From a Unique Vantage Point
  6. Mediators At Large: Mediating Criminal Cases in the Community

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Plenary
(audio) (video)
The Honorable Alex Calabrese, Red Hook Community Justice Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Center houses an innovative, multi-jurisdictional problem solving court, which handles criminal, housing and family court matters.

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Session II - Workshops Addressing Problem Solving Courts

  1. Juvenile Justice - Alternative Youth Justice Programs That Work
  2. Community Courts - Three Perspectives from Around the Country
  3. Community Prosecution - Lessons for Successful Community Engagement
  4. Deepening the Pond - Spreading Community Justice Practices
  5. Diversion in Maryland - Pre-Arrest & Post-Arrest
  6. Going to Scale with Community Justice Initiatives
  7. Grass Roots Justice in the Heartland: Advancing the Healing of Conflict and Injustice Through Restorative Justice and Drug Courts

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Session III - Workshops Addressing Community & Government Collaborations

  1. Community Policing - A Future Without Law Enforcement?
  2. Arkansas Community Corrections
  3. Prison Reentry - State, City & Community Collaboration
  4. Public Defenders As Partners in Community Justice - Looking Back as We Look Ahead
  5. Putting the "Community" Back in Community Supervision
  6. "Maryland Prison Gangs" Coming to a Neighborhood Near You
  7. Communities Taking Action to Prevent Sex Abuse of Children

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Cocktail Hour

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Community Justice Banquet
(audio) (video)
Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J, Jesuit priest and Founder/Executive Director of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries, an employment referral center and economic development program in Los Angeles, CA.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast - Expertise Areas Strategizing Best Practices

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Session IV - WOW! Workshops

  1. Collaborative Reintegration: Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Juvenile Delinquency & Adult Criminality Through the Perspectives of the Ex-Offender´s Reality
  2. Micro-Enterprise Development: Battling Poverty Through Self-Employment
  3. Incarcerated Men Taking Responsibility for Building a Crime Free Community
  4. Uncommon Partners in Justice
  5. Community and Law Enforcement Working Together to Fight Violent Crime
  6. Community Justice Around the Globe
  7. Medication & Medicaid Access for Persons with Mental Illness Being Released from Prison
  8. Tribal Justice

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Plenary
Bronx Community Solutions, an initiative that seeks to apply a problem-solving approach to non-violent cases in the Bronx by combining punishment with help to reduce the Bronx’s reliance on expensive and ineffective short-term jail sentences and to build public confidence that offenders are held accountable and are offered needed assistance to avoid further criminal conduct.

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