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New PJI Report Answers Questions About Pretrial Assessment

04 Oct 2017

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge, Fiona.Druge@berlinrosen.com, (646) 755-6126

Reframes “Risk Assessment” as Evidence-Based Pretrial Assessment to More Accurately Reflect the Role and Value of These Tools in Producing Pretrial Success
Washington, DC—The Pretrial Justice Institute

On the Long History of Bail

03 Oct 2017

By Wendy Shang

The idea that bail in the form of money bond is an ancient practice has been bubbling up lately, with the implication that we cannot tamper with a practice so firmly ensconced in our legal tradition. While

Pretrial Justice Institute Names New Board Members

20 Sep 2017

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge, Fiona.Druge@berlinrosen.com, (646) 755-6126

Additions Enhance Expertise in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Best Practice in Evidence-Based Pretrial Justice
Washington, DC—Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO, and Chris Rodgers, Board Chair of Pretrial Justice

Judges Are Doing It For Themselves

19 Sep 2017

Earlier this month, an Alabama judge signed an administrative order that effectively eliminated the use of secured bail in his county. Presiding Circuit Judge Jerry Selman’s order also requires Walker County courts to conduct initial appearance and indigency hearings within

Putting the Bail Industry’s Lawsuits in Context

06 Sep 2017

Litigation has been a successful strategy in challenging longstanding money bail practices across the country. In just a few years groups like Civil Rights Corps and Equal Justice Under Law have changed the pretrial legal landscape, resulting in more equitable

(Evidence-based, Actuarial Pretrial) Risk Assessment

09 Aug 2017

A lot of folks are talking about “risk assessment” these days. And that’s good. But it’s important that everyone is clear about what it means (and doesn’t mean) when we use this term. At PJI, risk assessment is almost always