Pathways to Justice®

This conference is a great start to education regarding I/DD, and begin placing on the forefront for all agencies involved--judges, attorneys, law enforcement, corrections, victim services, etc. It will take some time for change to come about but we have to start somewhere. Training like this needs to occur nationwide.
I have been a law enforcement officer for 23 years. I am also the proud parent of a special needs child. I face a lot of what we talked about every day. My life experience has helped me in recognizing I/DD, and has helped me in assessing and forming a strategy to deal with such individuals. I enjoyed this training. I felt that the instructors were very knowledgeable and showed their expertise in this area. I will be encouraging other detectives from my agency to attend this in the future. Thank you.
This form of basic training should be a requirement for all certifications and licensures in our state and federally on I/DD for providers (first responders, advocates, case managers, justice systems, etc…) Great Training!
As someone who has a sibling with Down Syndrome, it is so important to me that the law enforcement agencies are educated and that they're learning the correct ways to identify and respond to calls for those with I/DD. You can tell that the instructors are very passionate about their jobs. I really enjoyed this training. Working with the special needs community is something I hold very dear to my heart.; I'm going to continue working on the first ever Monmouth county special needs registry.
Excellent training. Having the New Jersey Prosecutor in the attorney breakout session was VERY helpful. Long day, but great information and it kept moving. Extremely well organized. Having the case scenario right at the beginning was a good way to start off.

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.

Sign up for more information or register for a Pathways to Justice training

You can either sign up for more information about Pathways and how to bring it to your area, or register for an upcoming training.