Call for Presentations


Conversations, Collaboration & Community

September 18, 19 & 20, 2024

NEW – Click Here To Submit Application Online

The guidelines for submitting a proposal for presentation to provide important information to help you in making a decision to submit a proposal. 2024 Call for Presentations GUIDELINES


Community Challenges In Transition

Families and Youth




  • Prisoner’s Family Perspective – Presentations addressing issues specific to the incarcerated or returning family member and all persons directly impacted by the incarceration, emphasizing maintaining & strengthening all family members throughout and following incarceration.
  • Community Perspective – Presentations identifying effective best-practices programs and organizations and resources specifically beneficial to the unique needs of the entire prison family from the time of a loved one’s arrest through incarceration and community reintegration and family reunification.
  • Legal Perspective – Presentations on effective resources and building cooperative and helpful relations with criminal justice representatives (i.e. attorneys; judges; jail/prison personnel; government officials) that emphasize building collaborations and minimizing trauma for all persons affected by incarceration.
  • Faith-Based Perspective – Presentations on what is working; what is not working and what more can be done to spiritually ground and sustain all members of the prison family during and following the incarceration period.
  • Health Perspective (Mental & Medical) – Presentations relevant and specific to issues effecting the overall mental and physical health of those who are incarcerated and their family members throughout and following incarceration.
  • Advocacy and Organizing – Dynamic reports and guidance to bring about positive change to reduce trauma and improve the quality of life for all persons affected by incarceration.
  • Special Issues – Presentations promoting positive outcomes on unique factors affecting all persons affected by incarceration. (Examples of previous topics: sensitivity to victims; substance abuse/addiction; sex offenders and their families; gang involvement; female offenders; snitches; self-care;  and organizational issues such as fundraising; marketing; use of social media and technology, etc.)

Presenter Format

Experiential Sessions – are interactive and hands-on activities designed to engage participants and provide a more immersive learning or networking experience.

Plenary Sessions – are main sessions that typically involve all conference attendees. These sessions are designed to address broad themes, showcase keynote speakers, and provide a shared experience for the entire conference audience

Panel Discussion – Conducting a panel discussion during conferences offers a dynamic platform for engaging discussions and diverse perspectives on relevant topics.

Single or Double Presenter Workshops – Workshops at conferences can be conducted with either a single or double presenter format, providing participants with valuable insights and interactive learning experiences.


2024 Call for Presentations GUIDELINES

 Although lengthy, read and follow guidelines carefully. 

Failure to follow guidelines may result in disqualification.

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR PRESENTER APPLICANTS:  When we receive multiple excellent submissions on a particular topic, we hope all applicants will be able to participate, so we may offer the opportunity for applicants to work together to share in a presentation.  Be sure to let us know if you are willing to be considered for a partnered presentation or as a panel member.  


The Connecting 4 Justice Committee will evaluate all submitted presentation proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality
  • Relevance to the conference mission
  • Well-defined focus within the program tract structure
  • Practical applications of material
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Speaker qualifications


All presenters must register for the conference and are extended a reduced fee which must be submitted with their own registration form, confirming their presentation will be included on the conference program. 

We are unable to provide any form of remuneration to our presenters, but do seek speakers and workshop facilitators who are not only knowledgeable and engaging, but who are dedicated to the support and service of the entire prison family.

All presenters must register and are strongly encouraged to attend the full conference.

The presenters’ registration fee is non-refundable, as a portion of the fee is applied to partial prison family member scholarships.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 1, 2024 – Now taking back up presentations

Review and follow guidelines completely. Retrieve guidelines clicking link at top of this page. Submit applications online.   Complete Application Online only  

For questions, email us or call (915) 861-7733 or [email protected]

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