The tragic events that unfolded April 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri shocked the nation and brought to light a grievous problem that connected a young man’s death to the very system established to protect him. But the tragedy did not end on the pavement in Ferguson. An investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) highlighted deeper problems that stretched from the cops to the courthouse. Even though there is no evidence what occurred in the Ferguson judicial process is a rampant nationwide problem, every similar incident since effectively villainizes the image of the entire Criminal Justice System. Nowhere is the villainizing of the Criminal Justice System more evident than in the collection of court costs, fees, and fines.
Driven by media reports of horrifying instances of system abuses, some jurisdictions have worked feverishly to make what they deem as necessary major corrections to a fractured system replacing it, in some instances, with something radically different. Some jurisdictions are frozen or unsure what to do. An estimated $100 billion dollars in government and criminal debt is being scrutinized by officials from every level of government, local, state, and federal. Often criticized for failing to effectively collect these debts, the American Courts are now coming under fire for allegedly levying and collecting criminal court costs, fees, and fines from those that can least afford to pay it, the poor and indigent.
Some jurisdictions have begun exploring the implementation of dramatic and drastic amnesty programs literally wiping away billions in unpaid criminal debt. Others are installing systems that some say may be creating special protected classes and gigantic loopholes that could allow able defendants to legally avoid compliance. Are these new innovative effective solutions or are we witnessing the collapse of the use of money as a means of punishment and deterrence in the Criminal Justice System? There is no question this conversation will have major or even billion dollar implications. It could also change forever the way court ordered compliance is achieved in the American Criminal Justice System.
Some of the best and brightest minds in this field will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 22-24, 2017 to discuss, examine, and explore the future of American Court Collections and our criminal justice system as a whole. For those of you responsible for collecting court costs, fees, and fines, this is a conversation you cannot afford to miss.
Informational sessions and topics will include:
- For the Love of Money – “A Battle of Wills and Ideologies”
- Update - National Task Force Committee on Court Collections
- “Ferguson Proofing” Your House
- Three Perspectives of Court Compliance and Collections
- The Impact of State & Federal Laws and other Regulations on Court Collections
- The Purpose & Impact of Court Compliance & Collections on the Justice System
- Exploring Alternative Options to Monetary Compliance
- Effectively Attracting and Selecting Quality Leaders & Staffing Talent
- An Effective Guide to Navigating the Media Minefield.
- Developing Proven Effective Strategies for Improving the Court Collections Process
- Active Shooter: The Importance of Courthouse Security
- Compliance: It is collecting with Motivation, Passion, and another Four Letter word…
- Plus Much, Much More!
Anyone with responsibly for collecting court fees and fines or oversight of collections efforts including judges, court staff; enforcement personnel; and, local and state officials are encouraged to attend. You don’t want to miss this event. It is the only national conference dedicated solely to Court Compliance and Collections. Early registration is strongly encouraged as seating for this event will be extremely limited. Coalition of American Court Collectors (CoACC) members will receive discounts and priority placement.
For information on the Coalition of American Court Collectors visit: www.ncoacc.com and see the Membership tab if you would like to become a member in 2016-2017.
The event is being held at the Golden Nugget - Las Vegas. The Coalition room rate is $59.00 per night for conference attendees February 21-25 ! The Coalition rate is $99 if wishing to stay Friday night, February 25, 2017 following the event to give conference attendees and opportunity to enjoy the unique attractions offered by the Golden Nugget and the surrounding area. Inquire when making your reservations. For reservations please call the Golden Nugget Reservations Department (toll free) 800-331-5731 and you must reference the Coalition of American Court Collectors (group code: GSOCACC) to receive the special, limited room rate of $59.00 per night.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in 2017.
Coalition of American Court Collectors