Unlocking Justice - Protecting Communities & Saving Money

Saturday, October 17, 2009 (All day)

Saturday, October 17, 2009
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ching Conference Center
Chaminade University
3140 Wai`alae Avenue, Honolulu HI

Suggested donation is $15.00 to cover conference materials and meals. Scholarships available to students. Parking is free.

Times are hard. Money is tight. Crime continues on a downward trend. Most of Hawai`i’s incarcerated population is projected to
be classified as minimum or community custody – the least restrictive of all custody levels. Yet prisons continue to use up precious resources. Join us to learn about new research, data & alternatives proven to protect communities, save money, and strengthen families.

Michele deitch, j.d., m.sc.
Michele Deitch is an attorney and law professor with over 23 years of experience working on criminal justice policy issues. Her areas of specialty include independent oversight of correctional institutions, institutional reform litigation, prison conditions and management, prison and jail overcrowding, prison privatization, and juveniles in adult court.

She holds a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, a M.Sc. in psychology (with a specialization in criminology) from Oxford University (Balliol College), and a B.A. with honors from Amherst College.

Most of Deitch’s current research focuses on two issues: independent prison oversight, and the management of juvenile offenders. She was invited to provide lead testimony on the prison oversight issue before the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission & the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons, and she organized a major international conference entitled "Opening Up a Closed World: What Constitutes Effective Prison Oversight?" in April 2006. She has lectured on criminal justice subjects both nationally and internationally.

Thomas lengyel, msw, ph.d.
Dr. Lengyel is the Associate Director of Research for American Humane, a non-profit association dedicated to the humane treatment of both children and animals. He works within the Children’s Division, designing & conducting research. His professional work spans 35 years.

In 2008 he joined the Children’s Division at American Humane with the goal of building the organization’s research capacity in qualitative analysis, to complement the research department’s investment in quantitative approaches to program evaluation and studies of child abuse and neglect.

His most recent work reflects the diversity of his training and expertise. A recently completed study applies novel methods to the cost-benefit analysis of incarceration. A second study proposes a new method for measuring the outcomes of prenatal health care, a health care delivery system that currently lacks any outcome indicators.

About this conference: The current economic crisis presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to improve the quality of justice in Hawai`i with a data driven approach to policymaking. Our first panel will talk about the data available, what’s needed, why, and what evidence-based policy looks like.

New Research analyzing the social cost of incarcerating parents for drug offenses in Hawai`i will be released at the conference. Don’t miss this premiere! Our second panel talks about alternatives that are working. We can reduce the incarcerated population, enhance community safety, and improve the quality of justice while saving money by reinvesting those correctional dollars into effective alternatives. The majority of Hawai`i’s incarcerated individuals are nonviolent lawbreakers and amenable to rehabilitation. The reclassification study of our incarcerated population projects that the majority of individuals will be classified as minimum or community custody, the least restrictive levels.

Who Should Attend? Advocates, Bloggers, Businesses, Civil Rights Advocates, Concerned Community Members, Corrections Professionals, Cultural Practitioners, Faith Community, Families of Incarcerated Individuals, Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, Law Enforcement, Legislators, Media, Neighborhood Board Members, Parole Administrators and Officers, Probation Administrators and Officers, Researchers, Scholars, Service Providers and Organizations, Social Justice Activists, Social Workers, Students, Taxpayers.


For more information, contact Community Alliance on Prisons – (808)533-3454; kat.caphi@gmail.com

Sponsored by ACLU of Hawai`i, Chaminade University’s Alpha Phi Sigma & Criminology and Criminal Justice
Department, Community Alliance on Prisons, Drug Policy Forum of Hawai`i, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native
Hawaiian Law, Ka Lei Maile Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club, League of Women Voters, Life of the Land, The College of Social
Sciences Public Policy Center at the University of Hawai`i - Mānoa, UH Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work,
William S. Richardson School of Law.