The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice is a multi-racial, non-partisan, non-profit association of criminal justice professionals and community leaders dedicated to improving the administration of justice. The association was founded as 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, irrespective of 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 our democracy – justice. Our Mission and Purpose: Mission: 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. Purpose: The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice seeks to focus attention on relevant legislation, law enforcement, prosecution and defense-related needs and practices with emphasis on the courts, corrections and the prevention of crime. Among its chief concerns are the general welfare and increased influence of African Americans in and on the administration of justice. It also coordinates the efforts of any and all organizations that are concerned with the elimination of injustice within the justice system. CODE OF ETHICS (ADOPTED 1993): 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. NABCJ MEMBERS • Will act to protect and respect the civil, legal and human rights of all individuals. • 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. • Will protect and respect the rights of all citizens to be safeguarded from criminal activity. • When acting in an official capacity, will not allow personal interest to impair their objectivity. • Will avoid any activity which presents the appearance of a conflict of interest. • Will report to the appropriate authority any illegal, corrupt or unethical behavior where there is sufficient cause to initiate a review. • Will not stand by idly while a fellow colleague subjects another individual to harsh or inappropriate punishment. • Will strive to conduct themselves in a manner that avoids harassment towards fellow colleagues or the general public. • 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.