BJA Reentry Court Focus Group: Boston Mass. June 1, 2010

Location: Sheraton Boston; 2nd floor, Independence East

Time: 9:00-5:00

Facilitators: Judge Jeff Tauber; Al Siegel

8:00- 9:00 Continental Breakfast

Morning Session: 9:00-12:00


State Issues  [1]

Getting the necessary jurisdictional authority

Different reentry court models for different states

State vs. County Based Programs

State Wide Systems and Resources

Coordination among parole/ probation; state/county


Refreshment Break: 10:30


Local Jurisdictional  Issues  [2]

What is the Mission of Reentry Court: rehabilitation, recidivism, control, punishment

The role of local courts and court personnel

 How to get buy-in from courts and local agencies

Necessary Components of Reentry Court

 A minimalist or full service court?

Informal/ therapeutic v. adversarial/ adjudicative approaches


Lunch: 12:00-1:30

Presentation on Evidence Based Practices in Reentry Courts 12:30-1:30Dr. Doug Marlowe; Chief of Science, Policy, and Law, NADCP

Afternoon Program: 2:00-5:00

Presentation: Harlem Parole Reentry Court Evaluation

Zach Hamilton; CCI


What Works to Reduce Recidivism  [3]

Evidence Based Sentencing Practices

Eligibility criteria, risk assessments and targeting participants

Sanctions and Incentives

Responding to technical infractions

Effectively dealing with high risk offenders (a street perspective)


Afternoon Refreshments: 3:30


Local Community Issues  [4]

Community participation – building constituencies for reentry

Resourcing the reentry court locally

Sharing community decision-making

Working with existing Community Coalitions


Education, Research and Technical Assistance   [5]

What research is needed to move the reentry court field forward?

What is the research and science relevant to practitioners?

What learning tools are effective in teaching new scientific principles and techniques?

What content areas do new reentry court teams need education/training in? (Describe publications, interactive training, websites, and other relevant resources)

What are areas for training/technical assistance for established reentry courts?

Finale: 5:00