Pathways to Justice® Program
Pathways to Justice is a field-tested criminal justice and disability training program piloted in 2015-2016 that provides training to three primary audiences: law enforcement, legal professionals and victim service professionals. More than training, and different from other training initiatives, Pathways does not rely on training alone, but helps communities/states address key barriers to justice for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and discuss practical solutions that work best for them. To date, NCCJD® has trained over 300 people through the Pathways to Justice® program, held 18 separate training/educational events reaching an additional 875 people and will be holding an addition six Pathways trainings in 2017 across the U.S.
What makes Pathways to Justice® Different from other Trainings?
By working with chapters of The Arc, NCCJD® supports the creation of “Disability Response Teams” who assist with the initial “kick-off” training event, as well as work to sustain training efforts and other related activities over time. The one-day training brings together different criminal justice-related and disability professionals into one place to discuss critical issues affecting people with disabilities. The goal is to discuss issues proactively through training before a crisis occurs to benefit all involved. Profession-specific modules for law enforcement, legal professionals and victim service professionals highlight profession-specific issues faced when interacting and supporting suspects/defendants or victims with disabilities.
How to Get Started
It’s easy to get started! Interested chapters and other organizations can watch the Pathways to Justice® video, and use the accompanying Conversation Guide to engage criminal justice professionals in conversation about this topic, and the need for training on I/DD among police, attorneys and victim services.