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What Pretrial System Means to the Unconvicted

24 Nov 2015

We have a lot to be thankful for this year at PJI. Of course we’re grateful for the health and well-being of our staff, board, friends and partners, but we’re also very thankful this year for all the great work being done around the country to bring commonsense solutions to long-standing pretrial justice challenges.

Whether under the umbrella of our innovative 3DaysCount campaign, the Depar…

Decision Points: Cash Bail Derails Pretrial Justice and Should Be Replaced With Risk Assessment

17 Nov 2015

Originally published on the Huffington Post Blog and the Safety and Justice Challenge Blog on November 17, 2014

By Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Director, Pretrial Justice Institute 

We expect our criminal justice system to be fair and effective. It’s part of our national DNA to want equal treatment and to get the job done. But in pretrial justice—the time between when a person is…

Veterans Treatment Courts: Leaving No Veterans Behind

11 Nov 2015

By Melissa Fitzgerald, senior director, Justice for Vets

In 2007, a Buffalo, NY judge named Robert Russell began seeing an increase in the number of veterans appearing on his Drug Court and Mental Health Court dockets. Many were battling severe mental health issues, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and physical issues such as Traumatic Brian Injury. These conditions were often exacerbate…