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New Jersey — The Future of Bail in America

15 Apr 2014

This blog post originally appeared on Bail Basics on March 25, 2014.

By Tim Schnacke

Here is a link to a report issued by New Jersey’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice, the committee created by the Chief Justice to address issues at bail.

The document is remarkable for many reasons, but mostly because it represents the first time an entire state has figured out the essence of what is n…

BJA Announces Solicitation for New Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative

10 Apr 2014

(Washington DC, April 10, 2014) – Yesterday the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced they are seeking applications for the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative (SPDI) grant as part of their “smart suite.” The SPDI grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based pretrial justice by encouraging local and tribal jurisdictions to effectively implement risk assessment…

Pretrial Research: A Solid Foundation and Growing Field

02 Apr 2014

Every January in Las Vegas the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provides a sort of coming out party for all the new gadgets and technology in the consumer market. All the big name manufacturers as well as small startups vie for the attention of reporters and wholesale buyers with fancy new products and flashy demonstrations.

Yesterday at the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill, the pr…