Highlights of the 2009 NIJ Conference

Photos of AG Eric Holder, AAG Laurie Robinson, Kris Rose, Gary Slutkin and Clea Koff
The NIJ Conference brings together criminal justice scholars, policymakers and practitioners from the local, state and federal levels. They share research findings, ideas and practical and policy implications from the most recent studies about crime and justice.

The NIJ Conference 2009 showcased what works, what doesn't work, and what the research shows as promising. The breakout sessions fell into six topic areas (or tracks):

  • Forensic Sciences
  • Violence and Victimization
  • Policing
  • Corrections
  • Courts
  • Building Safer Communities

The two plenary sessions were:

1. "Homicide in the U.S." with panelists:

  • James Alan Fox, The Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice and Professor of Law, Policy, and Society, Northeastern University
  • Gary Slutkin, Executive Director, The Chicago Project for Violence Prevention
  • M. Kim Ward, Colonel, Community Resources Bureau, Baltimore County Police Department, Towson, Md.
  • Moderator: Laurie Robinson, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Listen to the entire session.

2. "What Works in Probation and Parole" with panelists:

  • The Honorable Steven S. Alm, Judge, First Circuit Court, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Harold Clarke, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Correction, Milford, Mass.
  • Pamela K. Lattimore, Principal Scientist, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • James W. Spears, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Panelist and Moderator: Adam Gelb, Director of the Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.
Listen to the entire session.

The 2009 keynotes speakers were:

  • Attorney General Eric Holder. Read his remarks.
  • Forensic Anthropologist Clea Koff
  • Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske

View the conference agenda online.

Download the program book (pdf, 67 pages).

New in 2009 were:

  • Breakfast poster session highlighting ongoing work
  • Post-conference workshops
  • Environmentally-conscious "going green" theme
  • Video with a "Roving Reporter" who interviewed speakers
  • Scholarships for deserving criminal justice professionals in need of financial support.
Date Modified: September 17, 2009