Criminal Justice

The Charles Koch Institute Announces Upcoming National Criminal Justice Summit

September 21, 2017

Today the Charles Koch Institute announces plans to host a second criminal justice summit on October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. The national summit, Advancing Justice: An Agenda for Human Dignity and Public Safety, will bring together leading academics, members of law enforcement, policy makers, think tank scholars, community advocates, media figures, and other influencers from different spheres and perspectives to discuss the most urgent priorities for criminal justice and policing reform.

While much of the public discourse around criminal justice reform has been focused on reforms at the federal level, the continued momentum for reform at the state level is sometimes overlooked. Polls regularly show that criminal justice reform continues to be a priority for many Americans, and it is critical that leaders in Washington hear more about best practices and actions being taken at the state and local level.

Strong research and a rigorous exploration of data at leading academic institutions has greatly contributed to reform nationwide. The summit program will cover pressing issues in the criminal justice and policing reform movement while also offering innovative solutions derived from this academic research, including lessons in reducing crime, facilitating trust through community policing, and improving re-entry after incarceration.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear perspectives from those on the frontlines that have used this data and analysis to address issues such as overcriminalization, the counter-productive use of military equipment by local police forces, barriers to re-entry, civil asset forfeiture, federal sentencing, tackling violent crime, the opioid epidemic, and restorative justice for victims.

“There continues to be tremendous progress, as seen by reforms this year in Michigan, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas,” said Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute. “These reforms demonstrate that while Washington deliberates, leaders at the state and local level continue to drive smart policy reform.”

The conference speakers include Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, John Pfaff, professor of law and economics at Fordham University, Doug Berman, the Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law at Ohio State University, Anne Milgram, a professor of practice & distinguished scholar at New York University School of Law, former Baltimore Ravens Player Eugene Monroe, George J. Terwilliger III, former acting attorney general and partner at McGuireWoods, and Sharanda Jones, a criminal justice reform advocate who received clemency for a life sentence.

The Charles Koch Foundation and Institute are focused on re-entry reform and community safety. Through events, research, and the support of students and scholars, the Foundation and Institute work to advance the national conversation on criminal justice reform for the benefit of individuals and society at large.

The organizers anticipate more than 300 attendees for the 2017 conference, which will feature plenaries, concurrent breakout sessions, and networking opportunities aimed at expanding the national conversation on criminal justice reform. Advancing Justice is being held at the Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.