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The Spring 2020 Conference has been postponed. More information to follow.


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April 2-3, 2020            California Endowment Conference Center, Oakland



Conference Registration

THE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO TWO FULL DAYS.  Early Bird registration at reduced fees is available through March 23rd.  Members receive a significantly reduced rate.  Non-members can join as part of the registration process. Fees include lunches on both Thursday and Friday for Members and Non-Members and one lunch for Students.

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FEES:  Early Bird     Regular
Member      $90       $105
Non-member      $135       $150
Student     $25      $35


Conference Program

The current program is posted below and it is frequently updated.


Hotel Reservations

Conference attendees receive a discounted rate of $239/night at the Waterfront Hotel, located at 10 Washington Street Oakland.  Reservations can be made online by going to the following –  ASSOCIATION FOR CRIMINAL JUSTI: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SFOJW/G-BTL7.  If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534.  You can also call the hotel. at (510) 836-3800 or (877) 803-7534. Mention “Association for Criminal Justice” when making your reservation. The group rate will last until March 3rd.  If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.Valet parking is $32.

There are a number of travel options between the Hotel and the Conference Center (details below).


General Information

The following is information that responds to questions frequently asked by registrants.

Tickets: Registration requires selecting “tickets.” Carefully note the options. We have added the option of paying membership dues as part of conference registration. If you are including Membership dues, note that there are additional information items to fill out. Fees change from “Early Bird” to “Regular” on MARCH 23RD. 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 and complete the information for each registrant. Note that N/A is acceptable for required fields. Member fees only apply to members, not to additional non-member registrants.

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.”

To Register by Mail: There are pdf versions of the registration form and membership application that can be printed, completed and mailed with a check. The mailing address is on the form. Download the registration form

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING REGISTRATION, contact our Executive Officer, Ann Goolsby, at: agoolsby@berkeley.edu.

If you have any questions or problems regarding the website, including on-line registration, email the website administrator Mike Stefanko at: webacjrca@gmail.com.


Transportation from hotel to conference center

There is a free shuttle from the hotel – holds 12 and needs reservations to get from the Hotel to the Endownment Conference Center in the morning. There also is a free shuttle that runs up and down Broadway (a couple of blocks from the Hotel and from the Conference Center). The Shuttle takes about 20 minutes to make the trip with departures every 12 minutes.

There are a number of buses – 12, 72, 72M, 72R – with trip times of 12 to 16 minutes for $2; it looks like they accept cash. If you enter the Hotel and the Endowment Center into Google Maps and click on the public transport icon (the bus), then select Schedule Explorer, you will get several options based on your desired departure or arrival times.


Airport shuttle, driving directions, parking

Information on airport shuttles, driving directions to the conference center, and nearby parking lots is found on a Publications document. Download the document



90th Semi-Annual Conference, April 2-3, 2020

 Program Chair:  Tara Agnese, Director of Research, San Francisco Adult Probation


Wednesday April 1, 2020

ACJR Association Board Business Meeting and Dinner
Scott’s Seafood Jack London Square

Thursday April 2, 2020

8:00 Registration: Oakland Room, TCE
8:30 – 8:45 President’s Welcome & Introduction
8:45 – 9:30 Keynote Address: Criminal Justice Reform Over the Last 15 Years
Jay Jordan, Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 11:00 Sentencing Reform and Record Relief
Moderator: Hillary Blout, Executive Director, For the People
Presenters: Kate Chatfield, Senior Advisor for Legislation and Policy, The Justice Collaborative
                       Terry Harman, Assistant District Attorney, Santa Clara County
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Will Transparency Change Policing Practices? How Will We Know?
Moderator: TBD
Presenters: Steven Rafael, Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley                       Laurel Rosenhall, Political Reporter, CalMatters
                       Kevin Walker, California Department of Justice
12:30 – 1:45 Luncheon: Oakland Room
Presentation: California’s Legislative Process
Presenter:  Deborah Gonzalez, Director of Government Affairs, Public Policy Institute of California
1:45 – 3:00 Pretrial Reform
Moderator: Isaac Bryan, Director of Public Policy, UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies
Presenters: Matthew DeMichele, Director of the Center for Courts and Corrections Research, RTI International
                       Noah Lehman, Research Analyst, Judicial Council of California
                       Mia Bird, Visiting Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
                       Laura Ridolfi, Director of Policy, W. Haywood Burns Institute
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Closing Presentation: Current Legislative Session
Presenter: Natasha Minsker, Smart Justice, CA
4:30 Networking Happy Hour
Scotts’ Jack London Square

Friday April 3, 2020

8:15 Registration: Oakland Room
8:45 – 9:00 President’s Report: Mikaela Rabinowitz, Director of National Engagement & Field Operations, Measures for Justice
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Address: Juvenile Justice Reform over Time
Frankie Guzman, Attorney, Director, California Youth Justice Initiative, National Center for Youth Law
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:15 Restorative Justice 
Moderator: Mikaela Rabinowitz, Director of National Engagement and Field Operations, Measures for Justice
Presenters: Stephanie Medley, Director of Education & Justice, RYSE Center
                       Diana Becton, Contra Costa District Attorney
                       Danielle Soto, Associate Director, Research & Action Center, Impact Justice
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:45 Working at the Intersection of Housing, Health, & Justice: Current Work and Gaps
Moderator: Deanna Adams, Senior Analyst, Judicial Council of California
Presenters: Josie Halpern-Finnerty, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
                      Kim Carter, Executive Director, Time for Change Foundation
                      Angelica Ameida, Director of Forensic and Justice Involved Behavioral Health Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health
12:45 – 1:45 Luncheon: Oakland Room
10:00 – 11:15 Juvenile Hall Closures
Moderator: Clarence Ford, Policy Research Associate, W. Haywood Burns Institute
Presenters: Patricia Soung, Director of Youth Justice Policy and Senior Staff Attorney, Children’s Defense Fund – California
                       David Muhammed, Executive Director, National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform
                       Shaman Walton, Supervisor, SF Board of Supervisors
                       Krea Gomez, Young Women’s Freedom Center
3 pm Closing Comments and Adjourn


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