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Timely Criminal History Record Issues and Priorities Highlight SEARCH 2022 Annual Meeting

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With SEARCH’s 2022 Annual Membership Group Meeting just one week away, the focus of organizers is finalizing the slate of workshops, panel discussions, roundtables and sessions to take place July 19–21, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, CO.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Meeting have closed, our room block is entirely sold out, and in-person registration is also closed.  But registration is still open to attend virtually via the Zoom platform.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will feature addresses by federal and state officials and organizational partners, including the representatives of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Nlets, FBI CJIS Division, and Justice Research and Statistics Association. It will also feature workshops geared to state criminal history repository administrators, updates on legislative activities, elections to the SEARCH Board of Directors, and more. We are also hosting an awards reception and dinner to recognize 2021 and 2022 recipients of SEARCH’s top honors. 

Among the speakers and topics featured at SEARCH’s 2022 Annual Meeting are:

Ben Bawden, Partner, Brooks Bawden Moore, facilitates a Congressional staff briefing of the Fresh Start Act of 2021, which authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice to award grants to states to implement automated expungement laws. He will also lead discussion of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, signed into law by President Biden on June 25. It is the first major federal gun legislation to be passed since 1994.

Mr. Ben Bawden

SEARCH Members Mr. Jeff Avey (Nebraska) and Ms. Leila McNeill (Idaho) lead a discussion of Implementation of Public Law 92-544, which gives the FBI the authority to exchange identification records with state and local governments for noncriminal justice licensing or employment purposes. The workshop addresses issues surrounding the review and approval process associated with the law.

Mr. Jeff Avey
Ms. Leila McNeill

SEARCH Executive Director David Roberts leads a facilitated dialogue about the status of “Clean Slate” and other records relief efforts nationwide that aim to expand eligibility and reduce the costs and burdens associated with petitioning for criminal records clearance using an automated process. He will be joined in the discussion by two Code for America representatives: Ms. Shayna Cummings and Mr. Christopher Correa.

Ms. Shayna Cummings
Mr. Christopher Correa

A workshop will explore the implications and enduring impact of COVID-19 on Crime, Justice, and Public Safety Operations, and Criminal History Data Quality throughout the nation. It features speakers Mr. Thomas Abt, Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice, and SEARCH Member Major David Flannigan (Missouri). The workshop also will address the findings and recommendations of the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, which Mr. Abt directs.

Mr. Thomas Abt
David (Tony) Flannigan (MO)

A workshop that explores the Use of Criminal History Records for Research Addressing Risk, Recidivism, Redemption, and Data Quality, focusing on this rich and untapped source of data for research on a broad spectrum of operational, criminological, and policy issues. It features insight from Ms. Carson Whitelemons, Criminal Justice Manager, into the ongoing research and evolving priorities of Arnold Ventures.

Ms. Carson Whitelemons

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