Learning from Error in Criminal Justice: A Sentinel Events Approach

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Tue, Oct 30th, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Tue, Oct 30th, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Tue, Oct 30th, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT
Tue, Oct 30th, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT

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In criminal justice, a “sentinel event” is a bad outcome that might include a death in custody, routine police encounter that escalates to violence, mishandling of evidence, wrongful conviction, or “near miss,” in which a negative event is narrowly avoided. Too often, the criminal justice system fails to learn from these bad outcomes. Drawing inspiration from aviation, medicine, and other high-risk fields, the Sentinel Events Initiative (SEI) takes an alternative approach. SEI advocates for non-blaming, all-stakeholder, forward-looking reviews of sentinel events, to learn from these events in an effort to prevent their recurrence.

This webinar:

  • outlines the sentinel events approach,
  • shares how criminal justice practitioners can implement sentinel event reviews in their jurisdictions,
  • includes information about a National Demonstration Project being implemented across the country by the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.


Additional Resources about the Sentinel Events Initiative:

  • Mending Justice outlines the sentinel events approach and includes essays by district attorneys, directors of criminal justice organizations, a victims advocate, judge, police officer, and others.
  • Paving the Way compiles lessons learned from pilot site reviews in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.



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