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CJA at the 2016 NAPSA Conference

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

A delegation of 15 representatives from CJA, including Acting Executive Director and former two-term NAPSA President Peter Kiers, attended the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies’ (NAPSA) 44th Annual Conference and Training Institute at the beautiful Snowbird Resort outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, from September 11 to September 14, 2016.

This year’s conference included over 600 participants, among them individuals from pretrial services agencies across the country, parole officers, prosecutors, and judges.  Also in attendance was a delegation from the Republic of Georgia made up of representatives who are working to establish a nationwide pretrial services program in that country.

Keynote speakers and conference faculty were in near unanimous agreement that right now is the most exciting and tumultuous time in the field of pretrial justice in generations.  Bail reform and pretrial services are in the national spotlight to an extent they have not been before, as evidenced by increased attention from policymakers in the White House to news entertainment programs such as John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight

The conference included presentations and workshops on a diverse range of subjects.  Attendees could participate in presentations teaching the fundamentals and history of bail and pretrial justice.  They were also able to attend numerous sessions on how to establish, run, and improve the operations of their department and agency.  Several presentations also focused on the increased use of pretrial supervision and its effect on clients.

The conference also provided networking possibilities for attendees to socialize and learn about pretrial in other jurisdictions.  During off hours the resort provided the opportunity to enjoy hiking, a zip line, and other outdoor activities.  Many participants also spent an evening visiting downtown Salt Lake City’s historic sites, and having a bit to eat.

Those in attendance from CJA included:
Catherine Alexander: Regional Director – Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island
Peter Chesterton: Operations Manager – Brooklyn
Crystal Cotton: Director, Human Resources & Administration
Andrew Cox, III: Operations Manager – Manhattan
Mari Curbelo: Director for Court Programs
JoAnn DeJesus: Executive’s Manager of Special Projects
Russell Ferri: Research Analyst
Lynette Gentle: FTA Supervisor – Brooklyn
Eoin Healy: Senior Research Analyst
Peter Kiers: Acting Executive Director
Efrain Mejia: Regional Director – Bronx and Queens
Evelyn Morales: Supervisor – Manhattan
Luis Robles: Supervisor – Manhattan
Daniel Rodriguez: Operations Analyst – Queens
Aida Tejaratchi: Project Manager

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