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Presumed Guilty: The Immorality of Our Current Pretrial Justice System

21 Jan 2015

By Doug Walker, Director for Criminal Justice Reform of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society

Does our current pretrial system reflect the ethics and values upon which our legal system of justice is supposedly based? For people of faith and goodwill, the answer is no. For me, personally, the story of my brother’s arrest provided a clear example of how current pretrial pra…

2014 Pretrial Justice Working Group Strategic Summit: Meeting Summary

15 Dec 2014

The 2014 Pretrial Justice Working Group (PJWG) strategic summit was held in the Office of Justice Programs ballroom on December 5th. With over 70 attendees representing national professional organizations, government agencies and policy advocacy groups, the summit provided informative presentations and engaging dialogue. Moreover, the gathering was an example of the kind of collaboration and camar…

A Balancing Act: Thanksgiving, Families, and Pretrial Justice

25 Nov 2014

Holidays are a balancing act for most families: juggling life’s normal responsibilities with the extra work of planning get-togethers and travelling. It all adds up to a lot of time, energy, and resources, but we do it because it is worth the effort. We do it because we want to be with the people who raised us, the people we were raised with—our children, parents, grandparents, siblings, spous…