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Abstract Submission



The Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health (ACCJH) is pleased to announce that our annual conference will take place at the Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes in Phoenix, Arizona on April 10-12, 2024.

We invite you to submit your abstract to participate in the conference. We look forward to an event rich in learning, networking, and sharing best practices.

Submission Deadline is Wednesday, October 11, at 11:59 pm EST.

Conference Learning Objectives

  • Learn about emerging research at the intersection of health and the criminal-legal systems and gain skills in applied research and cross-disciplinary and systems collaboration
  • Network with a multidisciplinary group of attendees interested in learning and sharing criminal-legal health practices
  • Gain new skills to develop academic-criminal legal health partnerships and overcome barriers to research in your agency
  • Learn from individuals with lived experience and those with academic and community agencies
  • Reflect on emerging health policy issues in criminal-legal health
Presentation Types and Descriptions
  • 60-Minute Presentations: A small number of 60-minute presentations will be accepted for panels and workshops. We encourage groups working cross disciplinarily to facilitate workshop presentations only.
  • 30-Minute Presentations: Intended for presentations that engage audience input and discussion. Examples include research methods presentation or completed research with discussion focus on policy and practice implications. 
  • 20-Minute Presentations: Intended for 12-minute presentation on completed research, research in progress, findings from program evaluation or quality improvement projects with 8 minutes dedicated to Q&A and discussion.
  • Poster Presentations: The poster format may be used for submissions of research results or other types of communications, e.g., policy, works in progress, research methods, practice transformation, and program evaluation/quality improvement techniques.
Topics of Interest

The overarching topic (e.g., the focus of the plenary and keynote presentations) of the 2024 conference will broadly focus on environmental justice as it applies to the criminal legal system. 

And, while this is the theme for Keynote and Plenary speakers, we also encourage applications that address a wide array of others relevant for individuals and agencies at the intersection of health and criminal legal systems. Other topics that we are particularly interested in are: diversion or alternative to police programs (e.g., pre-arrest, pre-booking), health during community re-entry, juvenile justice and health, chronic and preventative care in carceral settings, policy reform and advocacy, mental health, reproductive health, substance use disorder and treatment, infectious diseases, innovation in research methods. We are also interested in the following sub populations: individuals with disabilities, aging carceral populations, LGBTQIA+ populations, veterans, and, importantly, indigenous and tribal health and carcerality.

Individuals with Lived Experience

ACCJH is committed to centering the voices of individuals with lived experience in the criminal legal and juvenile systems. We strongly encourage those with lived experience to submit applications for conference presentations, even for applications that may not follow the traditional academic/research format. If you are interested in additional support in developing an application, please reach out as soon as possible to

Submission Guidelines

The abstract review committee takes several factors into account when ranking your submission. Depending on the nature of the topic and presentations, some of these factors will be particularly relevant to the reviewers:
  • How relevant and specific the topic is to criminal legal health
  • The scientific strength of the submission
  • How unique/new the topic/content is
  • How well written the abstract is
  • How well the teaching design/plan for use of time matches the goal and content of the session
  • The degree and nature of planned audience participation
All research presentations should include the following structured abstract categories:
  • Title
  • Background
  • Research goal(s) and/or question(s) or hypothesis(es)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
Non-research presentations, including workshops, training, program reviews, non-traditional research, or academic presentations, should follow a similar approach but instead of research goals/hypotheses, describe learning objectives for the audience.

Glossary of Suggested Terms

ACCJH is committed to avoiding stigmatized terminology and promoting person-first and inclusive language. We support recommendations by the National Institutes of Health's First Person and Destigmatizing Language Guide to eliminate stigmatizing language in conference print materials, proceedings, and presentations. To that end, we ask proposers to exclude the terms below from their proposals and presentations, substituting them with the suggested (or similar) terms.

Preferred terms:
  • Person who is incarcerated
  • Person in pre-trial
  • Justice-involved person
  • Formerly incarcerated person
  • Person on parole or probation
Demographic language for race and ethnicity:
  • Capitalize racial/ethnic groups such as Black, Asian, Native American, Indigenous, etc.
  • Avoid the term "minority" if possible as it may imply inferiority because minorities often are not in the numerical minority. Alternative include: "Historically marginalized populations."
Language describing disability:
  • Disabled Person
  • Non-disabled
  • Person with a mental illness
  • With a learning disability(ies)
  • Wheelchair user
*Please note - Presentations will be saved at the conference and posted on the ACCJH website ( unless we are asked in writing not to post it.

*World Limit: All categories have an abstract word limit so make sure to read instructions carefully.

*Co-Authors that are not planning on attending the event and presenting should NOT be listed within this submission system. Instead, identify non-presenter/attendee co-authors duirng the presentations.

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