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Mexico’s Pretrial Transformation

06 Aug 2014

By Moises Santos, Supervising Pretrial Services Officer, Southern District of California

Early in June, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Director of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), asked me to give a pretrial standards presentation in Spanish at the Second National Pretrial Services Conference in Morelos, Mexico. While there, I was also asked to participate in a roundtable discussion abou…

Legislature Passes Historic Overhaul of Bail System in New Jersey

05 Aug 2014

On Monday August 4, 2014 the New Jersey Legislature greatly improved the state’s criminal justice system when it passed two important pieces of legislation that will guarantee that more high-risk, dangerous defendants remain in jail prior to trial, while also ensuring that low and moderate risk, non-violent defendants are not held in jail prior to trial simply because they cannot afford bail. At…

Defenders: Advocates for Pretrial Justice

23 Jul 2014

Defenders. The name makes them sound like superheroes. To many people who find themselves facing criminal charges, they are heroes. They are the tireless voice that advocates for defendants in justice systems that often favor the prosecution. And if they are public defenders working on behalf of low-income clients, their hours are long and the pay is low.

Defenders are often the heroes of the p…