our code of

More than ever, we need ethics in our communities. It's our committment to make this focus a reality.

Anything with a history worth mentioning has a code that is adhered to.

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice's (NABCJ) members always act in a manner that is honest and respectful of the dignity and individuality of all humans. Each of NABCJ's members is expected to exhibit a strong commitment to professionalism and a sense of caring for the needs of others.

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The mission of NABCJ is to examine and act upon the needs, concerns, and contributions of African-Americans and other minorities as they relate to the administration of equal justice. The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) is a non-profit, non-partisan, multiethnic professional association of individuals committed to the goal of improving the administration of justice at the local, state, and federal levels.

The genesis of NABCJ was a historic conference on “Blacks in the Criminal Justice System” hosted by Dr. Charles Owen at the University of Alabama in February of 1973. At the meeting, Dr. Bennett Cooper, then Director of the State of Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, called for the creation of a permanent national organization that would focus on the goal of achieving equal justice for Blacks and other minorities. The conference supported Dr. Cooper’s recommendation and created a committee to establish the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Inc.

As a national association, a substantial part of NABCJ’s strength and vitality can be found in its state and local chapters.

Through the efforts of its membership, NABCJ provides an action-oriented vehicle for initiating constructive change within the criminal justice system.

All funds generated by the Association are used to carry out its official activities, e.g., educational programs, training conferences, scholarships, research, and public awareness. All national, state, and local officers, as well as board directors, are volunteers who serve with no monetary compensation whatsoever from the Association.

What to expect Of
NABCJ Members

We will act to protect and respect the civil, legal and human rights of all individuals. We will always approach their duties and responsibilities with concern and compassion for the welfare of others and will not place personal gain above service to others. We will protect and respect the rights of all citizens to be safeguarded from criminal activity.

When acting in an official capacity, we will not allow personal interest to impair our objectivity.

We will avoid any activity which presents the appearance of a conflict of interest.

We will report to the appropriate authority any legal, corrupt, or unethical behavior where there is sufficient cause to initiate a review.

We will not stand by idly while a fellow colleague subjects another individual to harsh or inappropriate punishment.  We will strive to conduct ourselves in a manner that avoids harassment towards fellow colleagues or the general public.  We will be firmly committed to the goals of affirmative action and equal opportunity for all individuals, without regard to race, creed, or country of national origin.