The National Network held its second National Conference at John Jay College in June of 2015, bringing together over 300 partners.
The National Network for Safe Communities held its second national conference at John Jay College on June 22 and 23, 2015.
This landmark conference brought together our core national partners to discuss the innovations that are making communities safer by preventing violence and incarceration among the people most likely to be touched by both; helping police do their jobs in a way that does not harm, and in fact strengthens, the communities they serve; and supporting communities to reclaim their voice about the way they want to live. The conference was a tremendous opportunity to link the people doing and thinking about this work; create opportunities for peer learning and exchange of information; and advance the groundbreaking practices cities are driving in areas such as domestic violence, prison violence, strategic prosecution, and support and outreach. The full agenda and videos of all sessions are available below.
Day One: June 22, 2015
8:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM: Welcoming Remarks
Location: Gerald W. Lynch Theater (1st Floor)
9:30 AM: Introduction to the National Network for Safe Communities
9:40 AM: Introduction of Keynote
9:45 AM: Keynote
10:30 AM: Plenary 1: Reintroducing the National Network for Safe Communities
11:30 AM: Plenary 2: Police and Communities in Motion
This plenary session addresses in broad terms the cultural shifts taking place in law enforcement agencies and communities around the country. Participants discuss how gradually changing law enforcement practices have affected the relationships between police and the communities they serve, and how momentum has built behind practices that acknowledge history, repair legitimacy, and rebuild public trust.
2:00 PM: Panels
Panel Option 1: The National Network’s Interventions: Core Operating Principles
In this presentation, David Kennedy discusses the National Network's core operating principles and their application to both the established violence prevention strategies like the Group Violence Intervention and emerging innovations. This session provides an introduction to and overview of the work, mission and approach of the National Network for Safe Communities for cities and practitioners who are new to the work.
Panel Option 2: Criminal Justice and Community Harm: An Emerging Consensus
Moderator: Glenn Martin, founder of JustLeadership
This panel explores the ways in which the traditional criminal justice system has affected high crime communities, the people who live in them, and the broader social fabric. Panelists discuss how missteps like over-incarceration and aggressive and disrespectful policing can damage individuals, families, and communities and undermine law enforcement's legitimacy and the relationships between neighborhoods and law enforcement. The panel also explores the economic and social costs of traditional criminal justice with a specific focus on earning power, civic engagement, educational attainment and political control.
Panel Option 3: New Approaches to Strategic Law Enforcement
Location: Moot Court Room
Moderator: Chauncey Parker, Executive Assistant District Attorney and Special Policy Advisor at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office
This panel showcases the innovative ways that the National Network's partner cities have focused law enforcement attention on groups and group members who have committed prohibited acts of violence in their communities. Panelists discuss the ways law enforcement partners have worked collaboratively to respond quickly to individual acts of violence and build state and federal cases against historically violent groups.
3:30 PM: Panels
Panel Option 1: Institutionalizing the Work of Building Safe Communities
Location: Moot Court Room
Moderator: Paul Smith, Public Safety Coordinator for the City of Chattanooga
This panel discusses the ways law enforcement entities around the country have begun to integrate the principles of community trust, procedural justice, and legitimacy into recruit and in-service training and practice to the end of improving relationships between police and the communities they serve. Panelists address how to introduce these concepts into law enforcement organizations, build buy-in, and sustain the practices.
Panel Option 2: The Social Science Record: Findings related to NNSC Interventions
Moderator: Maurice Classen, Program Officer at MacArthur Foundation
The purpose of this panel is to showcase the research underpinning the National Network's core principles and strategies around crime prevention. Panelists discuss the emerging insights into convergence of violence and offending in tight social networks, the impacts of focused deterrence and "pulling levers" approaches, and the efficacy of swift and predictable sanctions over especially severe sanctions to reduce crime and incarceration.
Panel Option 3: Integrated Street Work
Moderator: Vaughn Crandall, Senior Strategist at the California Partnership for Safe Communities
This panel highlights the role of street outreach workers in the National Network's violence prevention strategies, including the Group Violence Intervention. Panelists discuss the evolving best practices around street outreach work as well as the persistent challenges that remain when engaging street outreach workers to prevent violence.
5:30 PM: Welcome Reception
Day Two: June 23, 2015
9:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast
10:00 AM: Plenary 1: Truth-telling, Reconciliation, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice
Location: Gerald W. Lynch Theater
This plenary session provides an overview of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice and situates it within the context of the post-Ferguson climate around trust, legitimacy, reform, and reconciliation. Participants discuss the genesis of the National Initiative, its aims and early steps, and its relevance to the national interest in re-examining traditional criminal justice and promoting truth-telling and reconciliation between law enforcement and the communities it serves.
11:30 AM: Panels
Panel Option 1: Using Social Network Analysis and Social Media Tools for Crime Prevention
Moderator: Louisa Aviles, Strategic Operations and Policy Specialist at the National Network for Safe Communities
This panel covers the relevance of social network analysis and social media to understand serious violence and its potential as a tool in addressing and disrupting violence dynamics in cities implementing the National Network's violence reduction strategies.
Panel Option 2: New Areas of Promise: Prosecution, Prisons, and Community Supervision
Moderator: Amy Crawford, Deputy Director at the National Network for Safe Communities
This panel showcases the ways the National Network's core principles are being applied beyond their traditional interventions in violent street crime. Panelists discuss how these principles have been adopted in correctional facilities to prevent violence, how prosecutors' offices are transforming into more independent and effective strategic actor in reducing crime, and the efforts to incorporate these principles into community supervision policies and practices.
Panel Option 3: Applying the Domestic Violence Intervention
Moderator: David Kennedy, Director of the National Network for Safe Communities
The purpose of this panel is to discuss the concept and practice of the Domestic Violence Intervention (DVI). DVI is an offender-focused domestic violence intervention modeled on the National Network's core operating principles, piloted in High Point, and supported nationally by the Department of Justice.
2:00 PM: Panels
Panel Options 1: New Approaches to Support and Outreach
Moderator: Meaghan McDonald, Strategic Operations and Policy Specialist at the National Network for Safe Communities
The purpose of this panel is to showcase the ways the National Network has shifted its thinking about the "sincere offer of help" that has long been a core component of the Group Violence Intervention. This panel discusses how that offer has evolved from access to traditional forms of social services to a support and outreach structure that better meets the needs of the target population with a focus on helping them stay alive and out of prison, providing affirmative outreach, offering protection from risk, addressing trauma, and provding what we have come to call "the big small stuff."
Panel Option 2: Applying Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy
Moderator: Megan Quattlebaum, Program Director for the Yale Justice Collaboratory
This panel discusses the ways law enforcement entities around the country have begun to integrate the principles of community trust, procedural justice, and legitimacy into recruit and in-service training and practice with the aim of improving relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves. Panelists address how to introduce these concepts into law enforcement organizations, build buy-in, and sustain the practices.
Panel Option 3: Custom Notifications
Moderator: Christopher Mallette, Executive Director of the Chicago Group Violence Reduction Strategy
This panel focuses on custom notifications as a tool for strategic communication with group members, chronic offenders, and individuals at particular risk for involvement in violence. Panelists highlight the multiple uses of custom notifications to reinforce the call-in message with impact players and groups not represented at the call-in, and also as a means of preventing retaliatory shootings, calming hotspots, and quashing beefs.
5:00 PM: Closing Conversation
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton speaks at the National Network for Safe Communities Conference.