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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

Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act: Another Step Toward Justice

26 Jul 2017

By Cherise Fanno Burdeen, chief executive officer

Last week, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul introduced SB 1539, the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, which encourages states to move away from money bond and ensure they are using legal

Six Jurisdictions Named to Receive Pretrial Justice Technical Assistance

24 Jul 2017

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2017

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

Cities & Counties Work To Address Longstanding Barriers to Justice
The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has selected six local jurisdictions to receive targeted technical assistance from PJI

New Jersey’s New and Improved Bail System Explained on NPR’s ‘Planet Money’

20 Jul 2017

“Planet Money,” NPR’s popular podcast (“The Economy Explained”), recently explored New Jersey’s shift away from money-based pretrial justice. Episode 783: New Jersey Bails Out is worth listening to and sharing with anyone who wants to understand this historic change—which is