Special Session: Criminal Justice Collaboration: Elevating the Voice of Community Corrections


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Session Type: General

The importance of bringing community stakeholders together to address and improve local criminal justice policy has long been recognized. Given this general goal, endeavors such as Reentry Councils have emerged, and in some states Justice Reinvestment Acts have passed. Some of these councils are more successful than others, and much still needs to be learned about what is working and what is not. During this special session, panelists will talk about what it takes for meaningful local criminal justice reform and how to get stakeholders out of their silos and working together. The moderated discussion will include representatives of various stakeholder groups currently participating in Reentry Councils around the country. Participants are from rural, urban, and suburban areas, and their thoughts should resonate with APPA’s diverse audience. This panel session will be videotaped and distributed so that it can subsequently be viewed by judges, district attorneys, public defenders, county associations, and at various stakeholder conferences, the goal being to raise the profile of such issues, encourage the development of councils, and eventually arrive at and act on a shared vision for reform.


Scott S. MacDonald
Justice Consultant,

Scott MacDonald is a retired Chief Probation Officer from Santa Cruz County, California and has over 30 years of experience in adult and juvenile probation. He presently consults in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice reform. He works closely with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the implementation of the Probation Transformation, Deep End and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Scott also worked with California Forward to develop and implement the Justice System Change Initiative (J-SCI). Scott holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz. He has lectured nationally in the areas of restorative justice, and juvenile and criminal justice reform. Scott lectured at the University of California Santa Cruz, San Jose State University and at Cabrillo Community College. He is published in Federal Probation and he contributed three chapters of a book on Juvenile Reentry, by the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention