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You're Invited to JPO's Holiday Open House

Please join the Justice Programs Office on Friday, December 15 for our annual open house! Stop by any time between 3:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and dessert. You will find us at: 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 508, Washington, DC 20016.

If you plan to attend, please let us know by clicking the RSVP button below.
The staff at JPO wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, and we hope to see you on December 15.
Kim Ball at the Leslie Marshall Show
JPO Director Kim Ball Visits the Leslie Marshall Show

Director Kim Ball stopped by the Leslie Marshall radio show in November to talk with guest-host Ed Chung, Vice President, Criminal Justice Reform of the Center for American Progress, about the Right to Counsel National Campaign (R2C) and other issues relating to public defense, along with Malcolm Young, Director of Project New Opportunity.

Kim shed light on the current state of indigent defense, how the Sixth Amendment right to counsel is not being upheld in courts all across the country, and the important work R2C is doing to address the cultural and systemic changes needed to ensure effective public defense delivery systems nationally. As Kim stated, “America needs a public awareness campaign to bring this issue to the forefront.”

Kim dug into how public defenders' astronomically high caseloads and limited resources prevent many from being able to provide effective counsel. “No, there is not enough funding [for public defenders],” she explained, “Several states have filed lawsuits because their public defender caseloads are so high they cannot provide effective services.”

Kim also discussed the importance of defining when counsel is necessary prior to a trial, adding, “think about what could be more than a critical stage [for having counsel] than when you are up in front of a judge who is setting bail for you and that dollar amount defines your liberty.”

You can listen to the rest of Kim’s interview with Ed Chung by visiting the Leslie Marshall Show on SoundCloud.

To find out more about the Right to Counsel National Campaign, visit the R2C website
Catching Up with JDTC TTA

The JDTC TAA team’s mission is to share the best practices of the field with practitioners all over the country, connecting them to research and resources. In November, Program Associate Anna Koozmin presented on behalf of the JDTC TTA Initiative at a special convening of JDTCs in Michigan, which was organized by the National Center for State Courts. This presentation kicked off the convening with a conversation about the importance of implementing evidence-informed practices, as outlined by the OJJDP JDTC Guidelines. Teams discussed how their practices are currently in alignment with the Guidelines and shared strategies for engaging families and youth in the process.

Catch Anna at the next presentation for the JDTC TTA Initiative in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals 13th Annual Recovery Court Conference today, December 7!

Visit the JDTC TTA website to learn more.
Supporting State Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime

This month JPO staff are on the road, providing TTA to state and local stakeholders in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to coordinate their efforts to reduce violent crime.

Director Kim Ball and Senior Program Associate Genevieve Citrin Ray led at TTA round table in New Orleans on December 5, and Associate Director Tracy Vel á zquez and Senior Program Associate Steve Collins will be in Milwaukee on December 11.

Representatives from each locality, including state and local police, state administering agencies, representatives from governors’ offices, state corrections departments, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Public Safety Partnership, and district attorneys are participating in these meetings.

JPO is providing TTA to help coordinate grant application efforts, strengthen support of policing efforts by sharing data, and assist participants in developing strong local stakeholder partnerships.

To learn more about JPO's work with state administering agencies or to request training and technical assistance from JPO, visit our website.
JPO at #ASCPhilly

JPO staff attended and presented at the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) annual conference in November at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The conference's them was Crime, Legitimacy, and Reform: Fifty Years after the President's Commission. Project Director and Senior Program Associate Genevieve Citrin Ray and Senior Policy Counsel Zoë Root's presentation, the Future of Public Defense Research: Lessons from the Right to Counsel National Campaign, focused on the R2C National Campaign’s unique strategy, findings from our public opinion survey report, Americans Views on Public Defenders and the Right to Counsel, and what this means for indigent defense researchers.

JPO at NLADA's Upcoming Annual Conference

If you are attending the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's (NLADA) annual conference this December 6-9 in Washington, D.C., at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel, don't miss Project Director and Senior Program Associate Genevieve Citrin Ray and Senior Policy Counsel Zoë Root's workshop on Friday, December 8 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Right to Counsel National Campaign: Charting the Path to Change .

This session will focus on the purpose of R2C, what has been accomplished to date, lessons learned, and how audience members can carry the torch forward. Genevieve and Zoë will also share the findings of American Views on Public Defenders and the Right to Counsel , discussing how defenders and advocates can use the information presented.
The Justice Programs Office (JPO), under the School of Public Affairs at American University, is pleased to present its monthly newsletter. Our current initiatives include the National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practice Center, the Right to Counsel (R2C) National Campaign, the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, and Training and Technical Assistance for State Administering Agencies. Please forward this newsletter to your colleagues and partners in the field. If you have been forwarded this email but would like to receive it directly, email