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Lessons from the Field: New Jersey

16 May 2017

Earlier this month, PJI released an edited interview with Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and one of the leaders of the successful effort to pass sweeping pretrial legislation in 2014. Improving Pretrial Justice

Harris County Bail Ruling is a Victory for Justice and Safety, Says Pretrial Justice Institute

03 May 2017

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2017
Contact: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com,
Texas Federal Judge Rules County’s Money Bail System is Unconstitutional
In response to a ruling from Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordering Harris County, Texas to stop jailing

Mama’s Bail Out

02 May 2017

Every day, all across America, women are arrested and detained unnecessarily for no reason other than their inability to purchase their release using money bail. Many care for families that must endure their absence and scramble to find money in

A Tale of Two Counties...in Texas

18 Apr 2017

A new study from Texas A&M University reveals some striking comparisons between two Texas counties with very different approaches to pretrial release decisionmaking: Tarrant County, which relies almost exclusively on money bail, and Travis County, which relies largely on validated

Redefining Incarceration with Lessons for Pretrial Justice

03 Apr 2017

American University’s Justice Programs Office held a summit last week on how the criminal justice community can continue to improve their systems by redefining practices and outcomes. Maintaining Momentum: Redefining the Purpose of Incarceration in the Ongoing Conversations about Criminal

Facing Addiction: Pretrial Justice is Important to Addressing the Substance Use Crisis

20 Mar 2017

Guest blog by Michael King, Director of Outreach & Engagement, Facing Addiction

The so-called War on Drugs, now in its fourth decade, has cost over $1 trillion and led to nearly 45 million arrests. As a result—and not surprisingly—the majority of