ACJRca Conference – Spring 2018

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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. It will be updated periodically but the version in Publications may not have all the minor changes listed below. Click Here to go to the Conference Schedule

Tickets: The registration procedure is the same as last Fall and 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 MARCH 16TH. This also is the deadline for cancellation refunds. Click Here to go to the registration/ticket area.

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 credit card OTHER THAN THAT OF THE INITIAL REGISTRANT (such as an agency card) 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 and Conference Center: The conference will be held at the California Endowment’s Conference Center while the conference hotel is the Z Hotel. Here is information on these venues. There is a pdf file with this information and a map that includes a free bus line that runs between them.

Hotel Information

Conference attendees receive a discounted rate of $139/night at the Z Hotel, located at 233 Broadway, Oakland.  Reservations ($139) should be made directly with the hotel by March 1 at 1-510-452-4565. Mention “Association for Criminal Justice” when making your reservation. Self-parking is $20

Transportation from hotel to conference center

There is a free bus that runs from the hotel and restaurant to the conference center (the B Broadway bus).  Click here to view the route map (note: the map displays sideways.  You can download it to Acrobat and then rotate the image).

To “shuttle” from Oakland Airport:

To the Conference Center – take the little train, purchase a RT BART ticket, go down to the BART tracks and take the Richmond Train (every 20 minutes).  Get off at 19th street.  Conference facility is one block east.

To the conference Hotel – If arriving in the evening, get off at 12th Street, cross Broadway and take the Free B bus (route map pdf file in Publications) toward Jack London Square – get off at 3rd street – Z hotel is just across 3rd street.

Driving Directions to the California Endowment Conference Center

TCE’s Center for Healthy Communities – Oakland is located at 2000 Franklin Street, Oakland 94612.  This is the right corner of 20th & Franklin Street (next to Wells Fargo Bank).

Web information can be found at

From Sacramento

  1. Take I-80 W to San Francisco, then the I-580 E towards Downtown Oakland.
  2. Merge onto I-980 W towards Downtown Oakland, and then take the 18th/14th Street exit.
  3. Turn left on 17th Street. Follow 17th Street to Franklin Street and turn left on Franklin Street.

From San Francisco/Bay Bridge

  1. Take the Bay Bridge/Oakland to I-80 E and merge onto I-980 W towards Downtown Oakland.
  2. Take the 18th/14th Street exit, turn left on 17th Street to Franklin Street and turn left.

From Oakland International Airport

  1. Take 880 North to the Broadway exit in Downtown Oakland.
  2. Turn right at the first light onto Broadway.
  3. Turn right onto 17th Street. Follow 17th Street to Franklin Street and turn left.


The Conference Center does not have its own lot.  Here are four nearby lots with the most reasonable rates:

Telegraph Plaza Public Parking          Address: 2100 Telegraph Avenue Oakland 94612  Entrance: 21st & Telegraph Ave.

Hours: M-F 6:00am- 6:00pm  Rate: $1.00/20 min, $12.00/ Daily Max, $8.00/ Early Bird (in before 9:30am), $4.00/ Overnight, $20.00/Lost Coin Fee

Douglas Parking/ California Bank &Trust     Address: 2003 Franklin Street Oakland 94612   Entrance: 20th & Franklin, on Franklin

Hours: 24 hours/ 7 days a week Rate: $3.00/30 min (*or fraction thereof), $12.00 / All Day

 Douglas Parking      Address: 450 21st Street Oakland 94612  Entrance: 21st Street, Between Broadway/Telegraph

Hours: 24 hours/ 7 days a week  Rate: $10.00 / Daily Parking

 Franklin Plaza Garage         Address: 1719 Franklin Street Oakland 94612  Entrance: 411 19th Street, off Franklin

Hours: M-F 7:00am- 8:00pm  Rate: $1.00/20 min, $18.00/ Daily Max, $10.00/ Early Bird (in before 9:30am), $4.00/ Evening (4-8pm), $20.00/Lost Coin Fee



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 Chair: Mikaela Rabinowitz, Justice Practice Director, Resource  Development Associates

Research to Improve Justice Policy & Practice

Thursday March 22, 2018      Using Data

8:15 am Registration: Laurel Room
8:45 am President’s Welcome and IntroductionDr. Jim Hess, Statistician/Analyst, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC Irvine

Conference Overview: Mikaela Rabinowitz

9:00 am Keynote Address: Jasmyn Latimer, Designer, Code for America, Closing the Delivery Gap: Using Technology to Deliver the Promise of California’s Record Clearance Laws
10:00 am Using Data to Reduce Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice Processes

      MODERATOR: Thato Ramoabi, MPA, Resource Development Associates

PANEL:      Tara Agnese, Research Director, San Francisco Adult Probation

                     Steve Rafael, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

                     Gina Peralta, MSW Director of Site Management, W. Haywood Burns Institute

                      Michael Connolly, Deputy Chief, San Francisco Police Department

11:45 am Luncheon:  Uptown Room
1:00 pm Using Data to Promote Policy Change

MODERATOR: Matt Cervantes, Sierra Health Foundation

PANEL:     Laura Abrams, Professor of Social Welfare, Department Chair, UCLA

                    Patricia Soung, Director of Youth Justice Policy, Children’s Defense Fund, California

                    Elizabeth Siggins, Senior Consultant, Local Safety Solutions Project, Californians for Safety & Justice

                     Gloria Gonzalez and Lupita Carballo, Youth Justice Coalition

2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Using Data to Inform Organizational Decision-Making

MODERATOR: Katie Kramer, The Bridging Group

PANEL:      Maria McKee, Principal Analyst, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office

                   Wendy Still, Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County

                   Javier Aguirre, Director, Santa Clara Office of Reentry Services

4:15 pm Adjourn to No-Host Reception: Scotts Jack London Square
6:00 pm Association Business Meeting and Dinner: Scotts Jack London Square, Terrace Room


Friday March 23, 2018         Focus on Critical Issues

8:15 am Late Registration:  Oakland Room
8:30 am President’s Report: Dr. Jim Hess, Statistician/Analyst, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC Irvine
9:00 am Working at the Intersection of Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health

      MODERATOR: Roberta Chambers, Director of Behavioral Health Practice, Resource Development Associates

PANEL: Ashley Mills, Senior Researcher, California Mental Health Service Oversight and Accountability Commission

               Judge Stephen Manley, Santa Clara County Mental Health Court                   

               Teresa Pasquini

               Lisa Lit, MA PhD, Research Analyst, Yuba County Probation Department

10:25 am Break
10:40 am Pretrial Programs in California

MODERATOR: Sonya Tafoya, Supervising Research Analyst, California Judicial Council

PANEL:    Matt Barno, J.D. & Deyanire Nevarez Martinez, Doctoral Students, UC Irvine, Orange County Pretrial

                   Program Evaluation

                  Sandra Gates, Principal Research Analyst, Monterey County Superior Court,    Impact of Court Reminders on

                  Pretrial FTA

                  Lisa Lit MA PhD, Research Analyst, Yuba County Department of Probation

                  Noah Lehman, Research Analyst, Judicial Council of California,    Recidivism Reduction Fund Pretrial Programs:

                   Preliminary Data & Lessons Learned

12:10 Closing Remarks and Evaluation
12:20 pm ADJOURN