Justice Talks

Justice Talks covers the topics of today and tomorrow in the American justice system. Each episode will feature an in-depth discussion of current topics and emerging issues of relevance to justice system practitioners and decision makers led by our in-house experts and special guest panelists.

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Episode 11

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed extreme risk protection orders and what types of gun violence these laws are designed to stop. In this episode, Chip Coldren led a discussion with Hannah McLaurin, Dan Lawrence, and Thaddeus Johnson on the data issues related to use of force in policing. Coldren, McLaurin, Lawrence, and Johnson discussed the challenges and lack of data on use of force, why collecting this data is important, and what police agencies can do to improve their data collection efforts.

Biographies

James "Chip" Coldren, guest host, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Ms. Hannah McLaurin is a System Engineer in CNA’s Division for Enterprise Systems and Data Analysis. She is experienced in the application of technical concepts and systems data analysis.

Dr. Daniel Lawrence is a Research Scientist in CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation. Dan is an expert in technologies and analytics used by law enforcement as well as methods to improve police-community relations.

Dr. Thaddeus Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Georgia State University and a Senior Fellow at the Council for Criminal Justice. He was a former ranking law enforcement official in Memphis, TN and his current research focuses on police policy and innovations, urban violence, crime control, and racially disparate justice outcomes.


Episode 10

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed the challenges facing correctional agencies related to recruitment and retention and innovative ways agencies have worked to address the current crisis. In this episode, Hildy Saizow leads a discussion with Josh Horwitz and Elliot Harkavy about extreme risk protection orders. Saizow, Horwitz, and Harkavy discuss the development of these laws, what types of gun violence they are designed to stop, stakeholder roles in implementing the laws, and future areas of action to prevent gun violence.

Biographies

Hildy Saizow is a Principal Advisor at the CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation with more than 30 years of experience in research, policy analysis, and training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and the host for Justice Talks.

Elliot Harkavy is an Advisor at the CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation and has over 30 years' experience in homeland security issues, law enforcement affairs, emergency response operations, and international assistance.

Joshua Horwitz, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. He has spent more than two decades working on gun violence prevention issues.


Episode 9

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed the challenges pertaining to recruitment and retention in policing and specific ways agencies can address these challenges. In this episode, Dr. Chip Coldren leads a discussion with Kevin Kempf, Executive Director of the Correctional Leaders Association; Bryan Collier, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; and Keri Richardson, CNA Senior Research Specialist. Coldren, Kempf, Collier, and Richardson discuss the challenges facing correctional agencies related to recruitment and retention, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and innovative ways agencies have worked to address the current crisis.

Biographies

James "Chip" Coldren, guest host, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Keri Richardson is a Senior Research Specialist with CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation and provides expertise in the areas of recruitment and retention, particularly among correctional staff.

Bryan Collier is the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and serves as the Correctional Leaders Association Chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee

Kevin Kempf has served as the Executive Director of the Correctional Leaders Association since 2016.


Episode 8

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed supports provided to victims and survivors of crime, and the gaps in services currently provided to historically marginalized groups. In this episode, Dr. Chip Coldren leads a discussion with Chief Ivonne Roman (ret.), CNA Principal Advisor Tom Woodmansee, and CNA's Senior Research Specialist Monique Jenkins. Coldren, Roman, Woodmansee, and Jenkins discuss the challenges pertaining to recruitment and retention in policing and specific ways agencies can address these challenges.

Biographies

James "Chip" Coldren, guest host, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Thomas Woodmansee is a Principal Advisor for CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation, and has 29 years of experience in policing and criminal justice training, technical assistance, and research.

Monique Jenkins is a Senior Research Specialist with CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation and provides expertise in the areas of recruitment and retention, particularly among field training officers.

Chief Ivonne Roman (ret.) is the founder of the Women’s Leadership Academy and serves on the steering committee of the 30X30 Initiative.


Episode 7

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed emergency management and preparedness in the law enforcement setting, specifically as it relates to protest policing. In this episode, Hildy Saizow leads a discussion with Aswad Thomas and Valerie Schmitt about supports provided to victims and survivors of crime, and the gaps in services currently provided to historically marginalized groups, particularly young Black men.

Biographies

Hildy Saizow is a Senior Advisor at the CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation with more than 30 years of experience in research, policy analysis, and training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and the host for Justice Talks.

Valerie Schmitt is a Research Analyst with CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation and provides expertise in the areas of victim assistance and multidisciplinary partnerships to address complex social and justice issues.

Aswad Thomas is the Managing Director for the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and Alliance for Safety and Justice.


Episode 6

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed innovative uses of data to advance the justice system. In this episode, Tammy Felix leads a discussion with Dawn Thomas, Chief Rodney Monroe, and Steve Rickman about emergency management and preparedness in the law enforcement setting, specifically as it relates to protest policing.

Biographies

Tammy Felix, guest host, is a Senior Research Scientist with CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation and provides expertise in the areas of emergency management and law enforcement.

Dawn Thomas is Co-Director for the Center for Emergency Management and Operations, and is an expert in large-scale incident planning and response.

Steve Rickman has over 40 years of experience in emergency management, community policing, and homeland security.

Chief Rodney Monroe has over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring as Assistant Chief of Police in Washington, D.C. and serving as Chief of Police for 15 years in three cities.


Episode 5

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed alternative response models to individuals in crisis. In this episode, Dr. Chip Coldren leads a discussion with Dr. Grant Duwe, Dr. Theron "T" Bowman, and Dr. Brittany Cunningham about innovative uses of data to advance the justice system.

Biographies

James "Chip" Coldren, guest host, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Brittany Cunningham, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist with CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation and provides expertise in the areas of data analytics and law enforcement.

Grant Duwe, PhD is research director at the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Theron "T" Bowman, PhD is the retired chief of police and former assistant city administrator for the Arlington, Texas, Police Department.


Episode 4

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed CNA's work conducting traffic stop analyses, and the steps officers and executives can take to implement equitable practices in their agencies. In this episode, Hildy Saizow leads a discussion with CNA's Dr. Laura Kunard and Dr. Tom Christoff about the history of alternative response models, ways the justice system has addressed law enforcement agencies' responses to mental health crises, and impactful models in use across the country.

Biographies

Hildy Saizow is a Senior Advisor at the CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation with more than 30 years of experience in research, policy analysis, and training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and the host for Justice Talks.

Laura Kunard, PhD: Laura Kunard is a Senior Research Scientist with CNA with expertise in police reform, police interactions with people with mental illness and procedural justice practices.

Tom Christoff, PhD: Tom Christoff is a Senior Research Scientist with CNA and has extensive experience with crisis intervention training.


Episode 3

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In our previous CNA Justice Talks podcast, we discussed the impact of COVID-19 on corrections officers and incarcerated populations, specifically in a jail setting, and out-of-the-box ways they’re working to keep these populations safe during the pandemic. In this episode, Dr. Chip Coldren leads a discussion with CNA's Zoë Thorkildsen, and Chief Harold Medlock (ret.) about CNA's work conducting traffic stop analyses, and the steps officers and executives can take to implement equitable practices in their agencies.

Biographies

James "Chip" Coldren, guest host, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Zoë Thorkildsen provides expertise in the areas of criminal justice and policing, program evaluation and research design.

Chief Harold Medlock (ret.) served as Chief of Police of the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) for nearly four years, retiring in January 2017.


Episode 2

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In our previous Justice Talks podcast, we discussed how the court system has been impacted by COVID-19, and innovative ways practitioners across the country are adapting to continue their work during the pandemic. This time on Justice Talks, we spoke with two practitioners from the corrections field about the impact the Coronavirus has had on their officers and incarcerated populations specifically in a jail setting, and out-of-the-box ways they’re working to keep these populations safe during the pandemic.

Biographies

James "Chip" Coldren, guest host, is a justice research expert with over 35 years of research experience in justice system effectiveness, police evaluation, crime prevention, corrections, juvenile justice and restorative justice.

Reena Chakraborty, Ph.D., has served as Chief of Strategic Planning and Analysis for the DC Department of Corrections since 2012.

Daron Hall is Sheriff of Davidson County, TN, served as the 101st president of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and also served as the 78th president of the National Sheriffs’ Association.


Episode 1

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Courts and prosecutors’ offices have had to take various steps to continue their work. These include basic changes (i.e., technology to work remotely) but also dramatic changes to how they conduct their work (i.e., making use of alternative venues for jury selection and trials).

In this first episode of the CNA Justice Talks podcast series Hildy Saizow discusses with Nelson Bunn and Don Nottingham how prosecutor's offices are implementing innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing these challenges head on.

Biographies

Hildy Saizow is a Senior Advisor at the CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation with more than 30 years of experience in research, policy analysis, and training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and the host for Justice Talks.

Nelson Bunn is the Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA).

Don Nottingham is the Chief Deputy District Attorney at the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Colorado.



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