ACJRca Conference – Fall 2017

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Conference Schedule:  A preliminary program is posted below. Note that minor additions and change occur with some frequency, so BE SURE TO “REFRESH” THIS PAGE BEFORE PROCEEDING.  A .pdf version of the program can be found on the Publications page of the Information Exchange.

Tickets: We have installed a new registration procedure that involves selecting “tickets.” Click on the conference option that applies to you. Add the Business Dinner or Lunch (for Per Session registrants and Students) tickets if desired. Note that registration for the FULL conference INCLUDES THURSDAY LUNCH.  Tickets prices reflect Early Bird fees.  EARLY BIRD FEES WILL END OCTOBER 5TH. This also is the deadline for cancellation refunds.

If you are registering for more than one person, select the number of tickets desired in each category. You will be asked to fill out information for each registrant. Note the required fields (None or N/A is acceptable). Member fees only apply to members, not to additional non-member registrants. Students registering for the full conference and paying for Thursday lunch may have their lunch fee refunded if scholarship money is available. These refunds (if any) will be awarded in order of reservation date.

Persons paying on a card other than that of the initial registrant are asked to note that in the section provided AND, once in PayPal, record the registrants names in the section “Instructions to Merchant.”

Membership: If you wish to take advantage of the reduced Member Fees or want to renew your membership, note that this is a SEPARATE PROCESS (including separate payment) and needs to be completed BEFORE registering for the conference.  Go to the Join/Renew Form page under Membership.

Hotel: Basic information, a map, reservation number and website are found to the right.  Additional information includes: to receive the conference hotel rate, mention Association for Criminal Justice.  This rate is good until September 28th. A shuttle is available from John Wayne Airport. Call the hotel for service.  Parking fee is $6.


There is a pdf version of the registration form that can be printed, completed and mailed with a check.  The access this form, click here.

You can also print a membership application and include it with the membership dues in your registration mailing.  The application can be found on page 9 of the current newsletter.

If you have any questions or run into problems, email website coordinator Mike Stefanko at:



Program Chairs: Dr. Erinn Herberman, Director of Research, Policy &
Science, San Diego County Probation Department

Karyn Milligan, MPA, Research & Special Projects Manager,
Santa Barbara County Probation

Advancing Criminal Justice Research, Policy & Practice

Thursday October 12, 2017

8:15 am Registration: Garden Ballroom 1-3
9:00 am President’s Welcome and IntroductionDr. Jim Hess, Statistician/Analyst, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC Irvine
9:15 am Keynote Address: The Role of Research in Advancing Criminal Justice Policy and Practice in the U.S., Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Professor, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, UCI; former Director of National Institute of Justice
10:05 am Break
10:15 am Lessons from California’s Recent Criminal Justice Reforms

MODERATOR: Dr. Lois Davis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND

PANEL: California’s Historic Criminal Justice Reforms from a Statewide Perspective

Dr. Magnus Lofstrom, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

An Examination of AB109 Recidivism in San Joaquin County in Year 5

Chief Stephanie L. James, San Joaquin County Probation Department

Campbell J. Bullock, MA, Executive Director, San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op

Evaluating AB 109: Changes Over Time

Dr. Mikaela Rabinowitz, Justice Practice Director, Resource Development Associates

Dr. Ardavan Davaran, Program Associate, Resource Development Associates

11:45 pm Luncheon:  Garden Ballroom 4
1:00 pm Research in the Real World: Assistance by BetaGov:

MODERATOR: Dr. Kristy Matsuda, Research Specialist, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, University of California, Irvine

PANEL: BetaGov: Dr. Maureen Hillhouse, Associate Director, taGov, New York University

Text Reminders for Probation Appointments:  Karyn Milligan, MPA, Research & Special Projects Manager, Santa Barbara County Probation

Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) Trial: Jason Potts, Sergeant, Vallejo Police Department

Race Redaction and Charging: James Gibbons-Shapiro, Assistant District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office

2:30 pm Speed Networking

San Joaquin Community Data Co-Op

3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Promising Approaches in Juvenile Justice

MODERATOR: Mary Lou Vachet, Program Administrator, Orange County Department of Education

PANEL: Lessons From the IV-E Waiver Evaluation:

Dr. Elizabeth Harris, Senior Researcher, National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Amy Kirsztajn, LCSW, Director of Long Term Services, Seneca Family of   Agencies

Morena Cruz, MPA, Senior Management Analyst, Santa Clara County Probation Department

Frank Andrade, Supervising Deputy Probation Officer, County of San Diego Probation Department

Michelle Schurig, MPH, Senior Administrative Analyst, San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department

Our Kids Our Responsibility: What SB County Has Learned About Sexual Exploitation of Children         

Dr. Jill Sharkey, NCSP, Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, UC Santa Barbara

Lisa Conn, MS, MFT, Team Supervisor, RISE Project, Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness

Dr. Carrick Adam, MD, MSPH, Juvenile Medical Director, Santa Maria Juvenile Hall

Rita Truman McGaw, MS, MFT, Victim-Witness Program Supervisor, Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office

5:00 pm Adjourn to No-Host Reception: Ilum Bar
6:30 pm Association Business Meeting and Dinner: Sunset Lounge


Friday October 13, 2017

8:00 am Late Registration:  Garden Ballroom 1-3
8:15am President’s Report: Dr. Jim Hess, Statistician/Analyst, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC Irvine
8:30 am Keynote Address: David Roberts, Director, NCS-X Technical Assistance and Outreach, Bureau of Justice Statistics

From Summary to Incident-Based Reporting: Developing Analytic Models to Support NIBRS Implementation Nationwide

9:20 am Innovations in Law Enforcement Research 

MODERATOR: Tara Agnese, Research Director, San Francisco Adult Probation Departmen

PANEL: Lessons Learned from Evaluating Predictive Policing:  Dr. Priscillia Hunt, Economist, RAND

Racial and Identity Profiling Stop Report Field Testing in California:  

Dr. Randie Chance, Data Analysis Program, Manager, CA Dept. of Justice

Kevin Walker, MS, Data Analysis Program, Research Analyst, CA Department of Justice

Associations Between Use of Information-Sharing Tools and Cross-Jurisdictional Arrests in San Diego County

Dr. Lane Burgette, Statistician, RAND

Caroline Stevens, MPP, Associate Research Analyst, Automated Regional Justice Information System

10:30 am Break
10:40 am Criminal Justice Reforms in the 21st Century: Supporting Evidence-Based, Cost Efficient, and Ethical Forms of Justice

MODERATOR: Dr. Holly Child, Director of Research and Development, Santa Clara County Probation

PANEL: Spreading Local Criminal Justice Reforms: Engaging an Active Evaluation and Learning Partner:

Dr. Matthew DeMichele, Research Sociologist, RTI International

The State of Criminal Justice Reform in the US: The Steps to BE Taken: Mack Jenkins, Council of State Government

11:50 am Closing Remarks and Evaluation