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NCCD Board of Directors Welcomes Three New Members
The NCCD Board of Directors welcomed three new members at its first meeting of 2017. These individuals bring a breadth of experience and decades of work in their fields to the board.

Board chair Chris Baird welcomed the new board members, saying, “Each brings unique and valuable expertise that I know will be a real asset to the organization. We are looking forward to working with them.” 

The new members of the NCCD board are:
  • Peter Quigley, Retired NCCD Vice President of Information Services (The Villages, Florida)
  • Mark Soler, JD, Executive Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (Washington, DC)
  • Trina Thompson, JD, Alameda County Superior Court Judge (Oakland, CA)
New member Soler said, "I've admired the work of NCCD for more than 35 years and I'm proud to be a part of the organization."
These new members join the following individuals already serving on the board: Frances P. Allegra, JD; Leon T. Andrews Jr., MS; Chris Baird, MA; Theron L. Bowman, PhD; Paul Castro, JD; Richard J. Cohen, PhD; Bill Geller, JD; Ronald Hughes, PhD; Chair Emeritus Ira A. Lipman; Michael Pearson; Judith Rycus, PhD; and Chief Guy A. Swanger.
New Publication Series Explores Risk Assessment in the Justice System
Chris Baird, Chair of the NCCD Board of Directors and former Executive Vice President of NCCD, has authored a six-part series of briefs titled A Question of Evidence: Part Two. This series is a follow-up to a paper Baird published in 2009, A Question of Evidence: A Critique of Risk Assessment Models in the Justice System. The new series discusses the current state of risk and needs assessment systems used in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. You can read the first two briefs by clicking here and here. Come back each week to read another brief here.
Upcoming Webinar on Race, Equity, and Ethics in Child Welfare 
Dr. Jesse Russell, NCCD’s Chief Program Officer, will present the webinar “Race, Equity, and Ethics: Questions on Child Welfare and Predictive Analytics” as part of a webinar series from the Alliance for Racial Equity in Child Welfare. With moderator Tashira Halyard of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Russell will discuss systemic factors that lead families to child welfare services and the role of predictive analytics and machine learning in helping systems increase equity. The webinar will be February 22 from 2:00-3:30pm EST.  For more information about the webinar, or if you are interested in attending, register here
NCCD Partners on Criminal Justice Reporting Project
NCCD, the Asian American Journalists Association, and Investigative Reporters and Editors are collaborating on the CJ Project, a special reporting series intended to increase knowledge and investigative skills in the field of criminal and juvenile justice journalism. Deirdre O’Connor, NCCD’s Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, manages the project. The CJ Project recently hired three experienced journalists—Amy Linn, Mary Hudetz, and Sarah Macaraeg—to be based at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Communication & Journalism. They will create multimedia content about juvenile and criminal justice issues that affect New Mexico communities of color. Read more about the project and the journalists here.
Now on Video: Photographer Isadora Kosofsky at NCCD Conference
Documentary photographer Isadora Kosofsky talked with Erin Hanusa, Director of Communications and Partnerships, at the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families. In this video, Kosofsky discusses her photography series documenting individuals and families affected by the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  
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