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MEDIA ADVISORY: In New York, ‘Smart on Crime’ Conference Will Highlight Innovative and Promising Criminal Justice Ideas
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MEDIA ADVISORY: In New York, ‘Smart on Crime’ Conference Will Highlight Innovative and Promising Criminal Justice Ideas

Click here to watch the livestream of the Smart on Crime Innovations Conference, which will convene community leaders, criminal justice practitioners, elected officials, businesses, foundations, the media, and researchers to showcase promising criminal justice interventions informed by evidence and data.

New York, N.Y. — On October 10 and 11, 2017, in New York City, a group of leading national criminal justice organizations spanning the ideological spectrum will host the Smart on Crime Innovations Conference to reinvigorate and refocus the public on exciting reform ideas that communities across the country are pursuing.

The conference is hosted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Center for American Progress, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and will bring together community leaders, criminal justice practitioners, elected officials, businesses, foundations, the media, and researchers. By showcasing data-driven interventions and innovations that are being implemented in cities and states, the conference will serve as a public statement that people from across the country are committed to pursuing smart, fair, and effective criminal justice and public safety policies.

Featured speakers and panelists include Eric H. Holder Jr., former U.S. attorney general; Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA); Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); Anquan Boldin, retired NFL wide receiver; Karol V. Mason, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Vanita Gupta, president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), former governor of Maryland; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; Cyrus Vance Jr., New York County, New York, district attorney; Mark Holden, general counsel of Koch Industries; Mark Gonzalez, Nueces County, Texas, district attorney; Brittany Packnett, Build Love + Power; Daryl Atkinson, first Second Chance Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice and co-director of Forward Justice; Robert Tracy, chief of the Wilmington, Delaware, Police Department; John Wetzel, Pennsylvania secretary of corrections; and Malika Saada Saar, Google.

Partner organizations include the Coalition for Public Safety;; Gideon’s Promise; JustLeadershipUSA; Koch Industries; the Laura and John Arnold Foundation; the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and Right on Crime.

Click here to view the conference website, including the full conference agenda.

On Tuesday, October 10th, leading researchers will hold a media-only briefing to delve into the 2016 “Crime in the United States” report from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, released on September 25th, 2017. RSVP is required to participate in this session. To do so, please email [email protected].

On Wednesday, October 11th, the conference will also feature a panel, moderated by Kirsten Danis from The Marshall Project, specifically exploring the media’s role in reporting on crime and justice. Panelists will include Shaila Dewan from The New York Times, social justice and race reporter Melanie Eversley, and Carimah Townes from the Fair Punishment Project.

The conference is open to press. To RSVP, please contact Tanya Arditi at [email protected] or 202-741-6258.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017, and Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Registration and breakfast: 8:00 a.m. ET
Conference: 9:00 a.m. ET – 5:00 p.m. ET, both days
Camera preset time will be 8:00 a.m. ET – 9:00 a.m. ET both days


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019


An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit and follow @JohnJayCollege on Twitter.

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises. We believe that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional leaders, tackling some of society’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.