The East Texas Chapter of National Association of  Blacks in Criminal Justice will host its annual Back to School Youth Summit Saturday, July 31 in the Smith County Courthouse Central Jury Room from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.


This will be a day of fun activities for the youth and our future leaders as well as an opportunity for the students and the community to come out and have an intimate conversation with people from different areas of Criminal Justice. Guest speakers for this event in Sgt. Kevin Mobley of the Tyler Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff Department, the District Attorney Office of Tyler, Chief Fabian Arteaga of the Winonna Independent School District, John Johnson of Tyler Independent School District, Judge Taylor Heaton of County Court #2, retired Tyler police officer Reggie Conley and Pastor Cleeve Forward.

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The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice goal is to focus attention on relevant legislation, law enforcement, prosecution, and defense-related needs and practices, with emphasis on law enforcement, courts, corrections, and the prevention of crime. One of the major concerns is the general welfare of and to increase influence of African Americans and people of color as it relates to the administration of justice. NABCJ is designed to serve the needs of African Americans and people of color at all levels, including non professionals, paraprofessionals, and professionals.

The Association was founded to be a vehicle by which criminal justice practitioners could initiate positive change from within, while increasing opportunities for the average citizen to better understand the nature and the operation of our local, state, and federal criminal justice processes. Membership and participation in the activities of the Association are open to all, no matter what your race, creed, or country of national origin. For NABCJ members, criminal justice is more than just a career; it is a commitment to a fundamental aspect of their democracy, justice.


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