A Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform in the Commonwealth
12-06-2016 08:00am

A Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform in the Commonwealth

On December 6, one day after the Virginia State Crime Commission meets, a series of experts will convene in Richmond to address the future of criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Stakeholders from a variety of viewpoints will gather to examine current criminal justice policies in Virginia. The goal is to identify opportunities to improve safety, lower costs, and examine policies that assist individuals with criminal records. Questions include: Under current law, how well is justice being served? Are there opportunities to improve the system for all?

Please join the Charles Koch Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a number of distinguished experts for panel discussions about these timely and relevant issues.


8:00-9:00 a.m. Criminal Justice Reform in the Commonwealth: Navigating a Path Forward


Jordan Richardson, senior policy analyst, Charles Koch Institute


Delegate Charniele L. Herring, Virginia House of Delegates
Robyn McDougle,
 associate professor of criminal justice, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bryan Stirling, director, South Carolina Department of Corrections
Bobby N. Vassar, chief counsel (ret.), U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime


9:15-10:15 a.m. Discovery Reform: A Necessary Demand for Justice?


Erin Kreeger, senior project manager, Coalition for Public Safety


James McCauley, ethics counsel, Virginia Bar Association
Bryan Porter, commonwealth’s attorney for Alexandria, Virginia
Douglas Ramseur, capital defender for Central Virginia
Senator William Stanley, Virginia State Senate


10:30-11:30 a.m. Identifying Opportunities for Successful Re-Entry


Christian Braunlich, vice president, Thomas Jefferson Institute


Martin Brown, former commissioner, Virginia Department of Social Services; former special advisor to the governor for prisoner reentry and family reintegration
John Dougherty, vice president of community workforce, Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles, director of state legislative affairs and special projects, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Adryann Glenn, author and criminal justice reform advocate, Mustard Seed Ministries LL

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