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DNA Basics: Understanding DNA Evidence in Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions (April 2018)

DNA evidence can be some of the most powerful and compelling evidence in criminal investigations, but how does it really work? Peek behind the scenes and learn how DNA evidence is gathered, analyzed, and presented in court in criminal prosecutions. The webinar will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of this silent biological witness that is present at almost every crime scene, as well as some exciting new trends in DNA analysis that promise to solve even more cases in the future.

Beyond the Adversarial System - Achieving the Challenge

Traditionally, prosecutors and defenders are adversaries in the courtroom. In order to achieve the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) goals of systemwide sustainable change, collaboration with all system actors is essential. However, broader criminal justice reform can often be difficult to achieve when dealing with traditionally opposing roles.

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Supervision Series - Part #2: The Long Reach of Intergenerational Trauma: Connecting the Dots

Learn more about trauma-informed supervision strategies when working with clients during this three-part webinar series.

Part #2: "The Long Reach of Intergenerational Trauma: Connecting the Dots"

  • Discuss who trauma impacts and how it presents within the U.S. population.
  • Obtain a deeper understanding about intergenerational trauma, including through the lens of World War II survivors, as told by Viktor Frankl.
  • Examine the link between trauma and criminal behavior.

Webinar: Trauma-Informed Supervision Series - Part #1

Learn more about trauma-informed supervision strategies when working with clients during this three-part webinar series.

Part #1: "What is Trauma?"

  • Define trauma and what it means to be trauma-informed.
  • Explore how stress and trauma impact the brain and the primary areas of the brain involved with responses to stress.
  • Review various types of trauma to consider when working with clients (i.e., intergenerational, childhood, and complex trauma).

Webinar: Restorative Justice/Restorative Practices Webinar Series - Part #2

Learn more about restorative justice and practice pathways for your community during this three-part webinar series.

Part #2: Gather details on structural frameworks needed to strategically plan, implement, and evaluate restorative justice/restorative practices in schools, justice systems, and communities with fidelity.

Part #1 recording is available here: https://ncjtc.fvtc.edu/training/details/TR00000617/TRI0005583/restorativ...

2018 National Forum on Criminal Justice

Sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) and the IJIS Institute (IJIS), the National Forum on Criminal Justice showcases programs, research, and technologies that help justice practitioners and decisionmakers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues. It is the only criminal justice conference that brings together leaders from federal, state, local, and tribal government and the public and private sector to share real world strategies and solutions from around the country.

Register for Webinar: Transformative Practices – Promoting Access to Expungement

This webinar will highlight innovative practices around the country that are increasing access to critically needed record clearing services. From community clinics, to court help desks, to private bar partnerships, this webinar will present ideas for how to launch or grow an effective record clearing project. This webinar will be particularly helpful for practitioners working with law school programs, private bar associations, or community based clinics.

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