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Moving Toward Fairer Pretrial Justice

01 Sep 2015

Our #unconvicted images this week focus on the issue of fairness in our criminal justice systems. Fairness is fundamental to operating systems that align with our national values and to those systems being seen as legitimate in the eyes of citizens.

But current pretrial practices, particularly widespread pretrial detention driven by cash bail, is not fair and citizens are becoming increasingly…

The Preferred Pathway to Authentic Public Safety

19 Aug 2015

The following keynote address was given by James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, at the National Association of Pretrial Services Administrators conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 16, 2015.


Good evening. I would like to thank Cherise Fanno Burdeen and the organizers of this impressive gathering for affording me an opportunity to addr…

Deja Vu All Over Again

05 Aug 2015

“The future is uncertain but the end is always near.”  ― Jim Morrison
This week’s #unconvicted images focus on a long history of vocal opposition to our current pretrial practices alongside modern calls for change. Make no mistake: the end of cash bail has been a long time coming, but it’s closer than ever.

As early as the 1920s, scholars like Arthur Beeley called attention to the f…