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IACP: Citations key to improving pretrial justice

10 May 2016

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently released a report on important research they conducted—with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF)—on law enforcement’s use of citations as an alternative to arrest.

The Pretrial Justice Working Group identified issuing citations in lieu of a custodial arrest as a crucial early decision point in the pretri…

To Better Address Reentry, Restrict Entry

26 Apr 2016

The Department of Justice has designated April 24-30 as National Reentry Week. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has asked all U.S. Attorneys to host a reentry event, including job fairs, family days, father-daughter dances, and mock interview programs, to bring attention to the circumstances and needs of people who return to society after a period of incarceration.

These are vital events, and the…

Risk-based Pretrial Systems Serve Victims’ Needs Better Than Current Practice

13 Apr 2016

It is impossible to know how it feels to be a victim of crime if you have never been one. In addition to the loss of property or bodily harm, the experience may also involve psychological trauma that can linger long after property is replaced or wounds heal.

This is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and the focus this year is the importance of early intervention in serving victims’ needs…