10 episodes

Information and guidance from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) covering Strategic Planning, Promising Practices, and Byrne JAG Essentials.
This podcast was produced with support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance except where otherwise noted.

Music: 'Opening Move' by Shane Ivers.

The NCJA Podcast National Criminal Justice Association

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Information and guidance from the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) covering Strategic Planning, Promising Practices, and Byrne JAG Essentials.
This podcast was produced with support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance except where otherwise noted.

Music: 'Opening Move' by Shane Ivers.

    Episode 10: Local CJ Planning Board Engagement Strategies in Oregon and Virginia

    Episode 10: Local CJ Planning Board Engagement Strategies in Oregon and Virginia

    As State Administering Agencies across the nation look for effective approaches to include diverse stakeholder groups into their planning processes, many have found success engaging their state’s local criminal justice planning boards. In this podcast, we speak with Tom Fitzpatrick (Division Director for Programs and Services for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services) and Ian Davidson (Justice Reinvestment Manager for the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission) about each state’s history in supporting local criminal justice planning boards, the benefits of engaging such boards and advice for other states looking to provide support.

    To learn more about Oregon's Local Public Safety Coordinating Councils, click here. For more about the work of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, click here.

    • 24 min
    Episode 09: Adverse Childhood Effects (ACEs) in Maryland with Glenn Fueston

    Episode 09: Adverse Childhood Effects (ACEs) in Maryland with Glenn Fueston

    This podcast episode highlights Maryland Governor Hogan’s New Executive Order to tackle the impacts of Adverse Childhood Effects (ACEs). Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services, provides a general overview of ACEs, the impacts on young people and the community at large, and the importance of addressing these impacts head on. This episode specifically reviews the Handle with Care program, launched by the Governor’s Office in 2018, one of the first programs in the nation to specifically address ACEs. Also discussed is how the data from this program has assisted Governor Hogan to support additional initiatives such as Project Bounce Back.

    Finally, this episode discusses how the Governor’s Office has used Byrne JAG funding to launch these programs and how they plan to ensure this work is sustainable and institutionalized through exciting new initiatives.

    • 22 min
    Episode 08: Byrne JAG Penalties with Elizabeth Pyke

    Episode 08: Byrne JAG Penalties with Elizabeth Pyke

    This podcast episode was produced thanks to the contributions of NCJA members. To learn more about becoming an NCJA member, visit ncja.org/membership.

    On this episode, NCJA’s director of communications, Bethany Broida, continues her conversation about the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, with Byrne JAG expert and NCJA’s director of government affairs, Elizabeth Pyke. Elizabeth explains the scale, intent and impact of Byrne JAG penalties that are tied to the program. The topic is widely discussed and often misunderstood.

    • 12 min
    Episode 07: Community Violence Interventions with Gillian Caplan

    Episode 07: Community Violence Interventions with Gillian Caplan

    In April 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced historic investments in Community Violence Intervention (CVI) programming to combat the gun violence epidemic. In an effort to support communities seeking to implement or expand programs in this area, NCJA has released ‘An Overview: Community Violence Intervention Strategies,’ a fact sheet with tangible examples of four of the main types of CVI strategies. This resource provides Byrne JAG State Administering Agencies and other partners a foundation of understanding for supporting existing or new CVI programs. Gillian Caplan, the author of the fact sheet, discusses the four types of CVIs and how they fit into the current justice landscape.

    • 15 min
    Episode 06: Diverting Justice-Involved Youth with San Joaquin County’s Project Navigate Constructive Change

    Episode 06: Diverting Justice-Involved Youth with San Joaquin County’s Project Navigate Constructive Change

    San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office’s Project Navigate Constructive Change (PNCC) diverts justice-involved youth away from deeper system involvement and promotes thoughtful life choices with participants engaging in education, counseling, employment assistance and life skills coaching. PNCC was started in 2015 using Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds and has since relied on Byrne JAG funding to grow the program.

    In this episode, NCJA’s Gillian Caplan interviews Deputy Director Ricardo Goodridge from California’s Board of State and Community Corrections and San Joaquin County Chief Deputy District Attorneys Jeff Derman and Ken Puckett about how the program works, the importance of justice system and community partners and the upcoming introduction of a restorative justice component.

    • 20 min
    Episode 05: Connecticut’s WORTH Female Correctional Unit—a Promising Practice in Reentry

    Episode 05: Connecticut’s WORTH Female Correctional Unit—a Promising Practice in Reentry

    In June 2018, the WORTH (Women Overcoming Recidivism Through Hard Work) unit was founded in the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut’s sole female-only prison. NCJA’s Gillian Caplan interviews Under Secretary Marc Pelka, Warden Trina Sexton and Captain Anna Lussier as they discuss the history, approach and successes of the innovative unit. 

    Funded initially with Byrne JAG dollars, WORTH is a specialized housing unit within the facility that serves an adult female population with approaching release dates. The progressive curriculum was largely developed by the program’s founding members and is designed to help women acquire and maintain the necessary skills to become successful following their release. The women participating in the WORTH Unit are aged 18 to 25 and live with older incarcerated mentors. Together, they are given wide latitude to implement the program themselves.

    This podcast was created with the support of Grant No. 2016-YA-BX-K002, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    • 24 min

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