Academy for Justice

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Judicial icon, groundbreaking Arizonan Sandra Day O’Connor dies at 93 12/01/2023

Sandra Day O'Connor leaves behind a wonderful legacy of service and commitment to justice, in not just the Phoenix community and the legal profession but the United States as a whole.

Judicial icon, groundbreaking Arizonan Sandra Day O’Connor dies at 93 Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and the namesake of Arizona State University’s law school, died Dec. 1 at age 93. A trailblazer throughout her career, she made history as the first American woman to serve as a state Senate’s majority leader, as well as t...

06/30/2023

Though an officer’s decision not to arrest may make a world of difference to an individual— avoiding a criminal record, expensive fines, and even jail time—without professionals engaged in the interaction, it is a missed opportunity to create beneficial support connections and impact potential .

Read more from our white paper and at the link below or on the A4J website.
https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-Drug-Policy.pdf

Approving a court for people experiencing homelessness, Phoenix aims to reduce recidivism 06/29/2023

"Shannon Johanni, a former prosecutor and now a research director at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University's nonpartisan criminal justice reform center, Academy for Justice, said specialty courts share the "basic premise" that unlawful behavior is "less about voluntariness" or someone "choosing to be criminal," and more about life circumstances."

Read more of what Shannon had to say in her interview with azcentral on the use of specialty courts at the link below.

Approving a court for people experiencing homelessness, Phoenix aims to reduce recidivism Phoenix approved a special court for unhoused people with minor citations. The approval prompted discussion about what acts merit criminal charges.

06/28/2023

Efforts toward policy and practice change in enforcement will be inadequate without robust methods for procedural justice and reconciliation that acknowledge the harms of past practices, allow for community input, and result in actual, everyday change that the community can see.

Read more from our latest white paper, Policing and Drug Policy, at the link below or on the Academy for Justice at ASU Law website.

Read white paper:https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-Drug-Policy.pdf

06/27/2023

Our new white paper, Policing and Drug Policy, a result of a roundtable discussion with experts across the board in the fields of , and , is out now. Find it at the link below or on the Academy for Justice website.

Read white paper:https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-Drug-Policy.pdf

06/23/2023

"Regardless of whether criminal conduct or a true emergency exists, 911, and therefore the , have become the primary responders to public displays of mental illness and families’ inability to manage the needs of their loved ones."

Read the full white paper, Policing and Mental Health, at the link below or on the A4J website.
https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-and-Mental-Health.pdf

MEASURED JUSTICE - Rethinking Crime and Violence from an Anthropology Perspective 06/22/2023

Rethinking Crime and Violence from an Anthropology Perspective - A new episode of is out now!

There has been a significant reckoning in the United States on the issue of police use of force and in the last few years. Some support solutions which would aim to reduce police use of force overall while others believe we must begin by holding those officers who use force improperly accountable for their actions. In today’s episode, we speak with Jessica Katzenstein - Postdoctoral Fellow for Inequality in America Initiative at Harvard University and Postdoctoral Affiliate for Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management; as well as Visiting Research Scholar for the Global Human Rights Hub at Arizona State University. Jessica brings an anthropological perspective to the Academy for Justice's Blue Ribbon Committee for Rethinking Crime and Violence. In this episode we explore some of Jessica’s work in the areas of , , and , and discuss how this all fits in with A4J’s Rethinking Crime and Violence initiative.

Listen by clicking on the link below or finding us on your favorite podcast platform. Welcome to Measured Justice.

MEASURED JUSTICE - Rethinking Crime and Violence from an Anthropology Perspective There has been a significant reckoning in the US on the issue of police use of force and police reform in the last few years. Some support solutions which would aim to reduce police use of force overa

06/22/2023

There is a little over a week left to submit articles for the Writing Competition, hosted by A4J and the Arizona State Law Journal. Submissions are due July 1. Winners of this will receive $1,000 and the consideration to be published by ASLJ. More info and how to apply at the link!

How to apply: https://arizonastatelawjournal.org/national-writing-competition/

06/20/2023

Our new white paper, Policing and Mental Health, is now available. The catalyst for this white paper was a roundtable held on Nov. 30, 2022, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, in partnership with the Arizona chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE. A panel of experts and a number of professional participants gathered to talk about and and ways we can think about the topic moving forward. The white paper is intended to provide proposed solutions and strategies in the overlapping fields of policing and mental health.

You can read the at the link below or find it on the A4J website.

Read white paper:https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-and-Mental-Health.pdf

06/19/2023

On Nov. 30, 2022, A4J partnered with the AZ chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE to host our second roundtable discussion, Policing and Mental Health. The goal was to facilitate the exchange of ideas and innovations in the overlapping fields of and mental health. A panel of experts examined critical issues within these fields including, alternatives to police response to calls, collaborative efforts between and mental health providers and effective engagement techniques between officers and those with mental illness.

Tomorrow we will be releasing a white paper that was a result of this open and engaging conversation, that will hopefully provide proposed solutions and strategies in the overlapping fields of policing and mental health.

06/16/2023

"If is no longer responding or is able to hand off lengthy interactions with the to providers, their time is freed to focus on high-level offenses, and the trickle-up reduces demands on courts and prosecutors as well."

Read more from our white paper on and at the link below or at the Academy for Justice website.

Read white paper:https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-and-Homelessness-White-Paper.pdf

06/15/2023

The Academy for Justice and Arizona State Law Journal seek applications for the 2023 Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition. This is open to all full-time law students and seeks to promote legal scholarship centering on criminal justice reform. Applicants are encouraged to write on any topic related to but the selection process may give preference to articles that discuss , which is a key focus area of the Academy of Justice.

More info and how to apply by July 1, 2023: https://arizonastatelawjournal.org/national-writing-competition/

06/14/2023

National data shows that incarceration (including incarceration for homelessness related offenses) significantly increases the likelihood of homelessness resulting in further perpetuation of a nearly unbreakable cycle.

Our newest white paper, Policing and Homelessness, a result of a roundtable discussion in partnership with the Arizona Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE, is out now and can be found at the link below or the Academy for Justice website.
Read white paper:https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-and-Homelessness-White-Paper.pdf

06/12/2023

On Sept. 15, 2022, the Academy for Justice partnered with the AZ Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE to host a roundtable discussion facilitating the exchange of ideas and innovations in the overlapping fields of and . A panel of experts examined critical issues within these fields. Topics included the of homelessness, the potential for rapid , and the successes and failures of current strategies employed around the nation, all with an emphasis on exploring alternatives to responding to homelessness. The open and frank discussion led to the creation of a white paper produced by A4J with the intention of providing proposed solutions and strategies in the overlapping fields of and . The full paper can now be read at the link below or on A4J's website.

Read white paper:https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Policing-and-Homelessness-White-Paper.pdf

06/09/2023

"Teens today are dealing with a myriad of unique difficulties. They would like to be taken more seriously as change makers and be listened to by the people in power. 'The TALK!' (in partnership with Tempe Police Department and the Arizona Chapter of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE) encouraged candid conversations between and . Continued conversations with teens, their parents, and people in positions of power such as police officers and will allow students to become more positively engaged in their ."

06/07/2023

"Discussing mental health can be uncomfortable, but teens expressed a hope that their peers and adults would make a greater effort to reach out and check in with them and to tell them “it’s okay to not be okay.” However, every individual is different, as some students also stated being pushed too forcefully to share or talk about their mental health might cause them to “shut down.” As such, students stressed the importance of listening to youth as individuals with different backgrounds and different needs." - Snippet from page 12 on Mental Health from our white paper The TALK! "Your Voices, Your Choices"

06/06/2023

On February 2, 2023, the Academy for Justice, the Arizona Chapter of
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE and the Tempe Police Department hosted a youth event at the Escalante Multi-Generational Center in Tempe, AZ, where nearly 70 teens gathered to have candid conversations with law enforcement. The goal of the event was to address topics like , and teens’ perspectives of , and to create a white paper that would be able to propose solutions and next steps in addressing these topics. The TALK! "Your Voices, Your Choices," a white paper by the Academy for Justice, has officially been released.

Home page - Academy for Justice 06/05/2023

The Academy for Justice has partnered with the AZ chapter of
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - NOBLE, to host a series of roundtable discussions and community engagement opportunities to facilitate the exchange of ideas in the overlapping fields of and , , , and . Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing white papers from some of those events, highlighting critical issues within these areas, and lessons learned from the open and frank conversations, with practical ideas to work together moving forward to create change.

Keep an eye on our social channels as we unveil each of these white papers or visit our website https://academyforjustice.asu.edu to learn more.

Home page - Academy for Justice The Academy for Justice recognizes that criminal justice reform is complicated and controversial, yet a vital component to a more just society. We believe that knowledge is the most important tool for addressing these issues, and we’re here to make it simpler and easier by providing easily accessi...

MEASURED JUSTICE: Rethinking Crime and Violence — An Introduction 05/31/2023

A new episode of is out now!

In this episode, we’re talking about the Academy for Justice’s newest initiative, Rethinking Crime and Violence. This initiative serves to comprehensively explore and reconcile and its role in the criminal justice system. How do we define violent crime? What conditions make a crime violent?

A4J has formed a Blue-Ribbon Committee made up of leading scholars and professionals and policy makers who will contribute their academic and practical expertise. In this episode, you will hear snippets from some of the BRC members who attended our first brainstorming event, recapping their key takeaways from the event and where they see this project moving forward.

Listen at the link below or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast!

MEASURED JUSTICE: Rethinking Crime and Violence — An Introduction In this episode of Measured Justice, we’re talking about the Academy for Justice’s newest initiative, Rethinking Crime and Violence. This initiative serves to comprehensively explore and reconcile vio

05/12/2023

The Academy for Justice and Arizona State Law Journal are seeking applicants for the 2023 Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition to promote legal scholarship of criminal justice reform.

This national writing competition seeks to promote legal scholarship centering on criminal justice reform. Applicants are encouraged to write on any topic related to criminal justice reform but the selection process may give preference to articles that discuss violent crime, which is a key focus area of the Academy of Justice.

To apply, email article submissions to [email protected] by July 1, 2023. Winners will be notified in August 2023.

More info: https://arizonastatelawjournal.org/national-writing-competition/

The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County - 05/04/2023

The Maricopa County Mental Health Task Force has partnered with Valleywise Health, the Arizona Peer and Family Coalition and other stakeholders, to offer the Stand Up Behavioral Health Expo 2023 happening this Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. If you or a loved one has been impacted by the and or you want to learn more about serving the mental health justice involved community, this free event is for you. More info at the link

The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County - Behavioral Health Expo with the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County

05/02/2023

- Have you or a loved one been impacted by the justice system and mental healthcare?
- Are you aware of the "988 mental health crisis line", "2-1-1 Arizona" or other mental health crisis resources as nearby as your phone?
- Do you want to learn more about community programs serving the mental health justice involved community?
- Have you ever wanted to learn how to advocate for a friend, a loved one or yourself when faced with a mental health need?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join the Maricopa County Mental Health Task Force, Valleywise Health, the Arizona Peer and Family Coalition, and other stakeholders this Saturday, May 6, for the Stand Up Behavioral Health Expo 2023. More info at the link below.
https://superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/communications-office/stand-up-2023/

MEASURED JUSTICE - Second Chances 04/21/2023

April is which begs the question - second chances or second opportunities? Last April, Measured Justice spoke with Professor and Robert Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Mark Osler, and Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Correctional Solutions at ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Kevin Wright. They dove into the background of second chance month, explored legislation and various second chance proposals, and provided context for the landscape of clemency in light of new awareness. Professor Osler and Professor Wright draw upon a combined 45 years of experience and share their expertise while discussing second chances, clemency, prison framework, and the retributive nature of our country as a framework for driving second chance policy decisions. Listen again to this important conversation👇

MEASURED JUSTICE - Second Chances April is Second Chance Month which begs the question - second chances or second opportunities? This podcast dives into the background of second chance month, explores legislation and various second ch

03/30/2023

Last week the Academy for Justice and the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, co-hosted a symposium on Drugs and Public Safety: Exploring the Impact of Policy, Policing. Recordings of all five panels have been uploaded to our YouTube channel and can be watched or re-watched at the link below!

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_yezzqkL_vTPXJt1_1iNbcaxKvTlD9W3

MEASURED JUSTICE - Criminal Justice at the Twilight of Ma*****na Prohibition 03/23/2023

A new episode of Measured Justice is out on all major platforms.

In this episode, we discuss criminal justice reform at the twilight of ma*****na prohibition, and in particular, securing the release of those incarcerated for non-violent ma*****na related offenses. Our host, Professor Erik Luna, speaks with Weldon Angelos and Luke Scarmazzo, both formerly incarcerated for non-violent ma*****na offenses who got caught up in this failed "war on drugs," as well as attorney Kerrie Dent, who helped secure Mr. Scarmazzo's release. You don't want to miss out on this eye opening story.

MEASURED JUSTICE - Criminal Justice at the Twilight of Ma*****na Prohibition In this episode of Measured Justice, we'll be discussing criminal justice reform at the twilight of ma*****na prohibition, and, in particular, securing the release of those incarcerated for non-violen

03/17/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our symposium this week, both virtually and in person, on Drugs and Public Safety. A special thank you to our sister center Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and all of the academics, advocates and experts who participated in our workshops and panels for helping it all come together. We are excited to see where these conversations lead and look forward to working with you all in the future! https://academyforjustice.asu.edu/project/drugs-and-public-safety/

03/16/2023

This week, the Academy for Justice co-hosted a symposium on Drugs and Public Safety, bringing together academics and field experts from around the country to examine the public safety impact of ma*****na and other modern drug policy reforms. By donating to the A4J Day fund, you can help us continue to bring free programing and research like this and other areas of to the masses and hopefully make a difference in the criminal justice system.
https://www.asufoundation.org/colleges-and-programs/academy-for-justice-CA125234.html

03/15/2023

The Academy for Justice is joining other colleges and units around ASU to participate in Sun Devil Giving Day tomorrow, March 16. Be on the lookout to find out how you can help support A4J and bridge the gap between academic research and criminal justice reform!

Drugs and Public Safety - Academy for Justice 03/13/2023

Last chance register for our Drugs and Public Safety symposium this week! Registration closes at midnight tonight! More info 👇🏼

Drugs and Public Safety - Academy for Justice The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and the Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University are organizing a symposium titled "Drugs and Public Safety: Exploring the Impact of Policy, Policing, and...

Symposium - Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 03/10/2023

A4J is proud to sponsor the Northwestern Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 2023 Symposium - Reflections on the Future of American Criminal Law, happening at Northwestern Law in Chicago and virtually via Zoom March 16 from 9 am to 4 pm CST. This program has been approved for 4 general CLE credit hours in Illinois. More info and registration information 👇

Symposium - Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 2023 Symposium | March 16, 2023 The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is excited to invite you to our 2023 Symposium, entitled Reflections on the Future of American Criminal Law. Through four panel discussions, we plan to cover a variety of topics relating to the future of the criminal law la...

03/09/2023

Panel 4 will be extremely interesting as we hear from two impacted individuals. Don't miss out on this discussion by registering at the link below.

Panel 4 of the upcoming DEPC and Academy for Justice symposium will focus on criminal justice at the twilight of prohibition.

CC: Douglas Berman (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law), Weldon Angelos, Erik Luna (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law), Luke Scarmazzo

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03/08/2023

A rock star lineup for panel 3. Registration is still open for next week's Drugs and Public Safety Symposium in partnership with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law!

Panel 3 of the upcoming DEPC and Academy for Justice symposium will focus on the abolitionists approach to public safety.

CC: Aliza Cohen (Drug Policy Alliance), Jamelia Morgan (Northwestern University), Alex Vitale (Brooklyn College Department of Sociology), Ieshaah Murphy (UDC David A. Clarke School of Law), Sean Hill (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law)

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03/07/2023

Panel 2 of the upcoming DEPC and Academy for Justice symposium will focus on prosecutors and public safety.

CC: John Creuzot (DA, Dallas County, TX), Kent Volkmer (DA, Pinal County, AZ), Will Thompson (DA, Navarro County, TX), Amy Ulrich and Carissa Hessick (The Prosecutors and Politics Project)

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Academy for Justice

Reforming Criminal Justice is a four-volume report meant to enlighten reform efforts in the United States with the research and analysis of leading academics. Broken down into individual chapters—each authored by a top scholar in the relevant field—the report covers dozens of topics within the areas of criminalization, policing, pretrial and trial processes, punishment, incarceration, and release. The chapters seek to enhance both professional and public understanding of the subject matter, to facilitate an appreciation of the relevant scholarly literature and the need for reform, and to offer potential solutions. The ultimate goal is to increase the likelihood of success when worthwhile reforms are debated, put to a vote or otherwise considered for action, and implemented in the criminal justice system.

In this way, Reforming Criminal Justice hopes to bridge the gap between scholarship on the books and legal reform on the ground. The report is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration by the Academy for Justice, a loose-knit coalition of dozens of criminal justice scholars. The group’s title carries two meanings: [1] the work-product is from the “academy” (i.e., the professoriate) in its attempt to contribute to criminal justice reform; and [2] the endeavor might lead to the creation of an “academy” (i.e., a real or virtual institution) concerned with justice issues. Although the Academy for Justice may well become a platform for future projects, for now at least, it is simply a vehicle for the report.

This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF), and by support from Arizona State University (ASU) and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (ASU Law). CKF is a non-profit organization, and ASU and ASU Law are non-profit public institutions of higher education. The Academy for Justice is a non-profit academic coalition, and Reforming Criminal Justice is a non-commercial, non-partisan report. The grantors and institutional grantees had no editorial input or control over the report and its contents, and they were not involved in the selection of authors and project participants.

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