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MacArthur Foundation Announces Safety and Justice Challenge Grant Recipients

27 May 2015

Today, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 20 jurisdictions who will participate in the multi-year, $75 million Safety and Justice Challenge. The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) is proud to serve as the convener of the the initiative. The Safety and Justice Challenge is an effort to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Th…

Honor Law Enforcement with Safer Pretrial Justice

13 May 2015

PJI would like to thank all law enforcement professionals for their service during this year’s National Police Week.

In our quest to bring safe, fair and effective pretrial justice to the U.S., we have strong partners in law enforcement. Working at the “front end” of the criminal justice system, police and sheriffs know how dependent officer safety is on making the right decisions regardi…

Allen Bullock’s $500,000 bail amount was too high. $500,000 too high.

12 May 2015

During recent unrest in Baltimore, one protestor-turned-“rioter,” 18 year-old Allen Bullock, was captured on camera smashing the windows out of a police cruiser with an orange road cone. These images shot around the world in seconds and Bullock’s guilt was never in question. His parents urged him to turn himself into police, which he did. Once arrested and booked, Bullock, charged with eight…