As a resource to pretrial programs, John Clark, our director of technical assistance, is available to answer short questions submitted to Ask a Question. Information on many aspects of pretrial services are available on this website. We are available for short- or long-term technical assistance on site, for a fee. There are a number of ways jurisdictions fund this work.
- Risk Population Management: we develop and validate risk instruments for specific communities and provide supervision strategies, designed to protect community safety and minimize needless pretrial detention by identifying which individuals can be safely released.
- Data Collection: we collect pretrial and case processing data to help you understand what is happening in your jurisdiction.
- Specialty Courts: we design and develop new specialty courts, or assess existing ones, to serve as a pretrial diversion or release mechanism (such as drug courts, mental health courts, or juvenile courts).
- Pretrial Program Development: we design, develop and implement pretrial services programs.
- Program Assessment: we conduct operational and outcome-based assessments of pretrial services programs and pretrial diversion program.
- Facilitation: We facilitate negotiations on-site among system stakeholders to develop operating agreements.
- Speakers: We provide speakers to discuss alternative strategies to incarceration.
- Training Materials: we offer a wide range of training courses for pretrial services directors and staff.
Pretrial Technical Assistance. Under the BJA Grant awarded to PJI state, county, or tribal governments along with professional state assocications may apply for technical assistance for a Program Assessment, Evidence-Based Risk Assessment, or Corrections Options Technical Assistance.
BJA Launches New Training and Technical Assistance Center. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now offering training and technical assistance through its new National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). Assistance is available to criminal justice agencies and organizations to improve their capacity to address the myriad of challenges they face. Eligible recipients include law enforcement, courts, corrections, providers of substance abuse and mental health services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, justice information sharing professionals, and crime prevention specialists. BJA's training and technical assistance program is not a grant or funding program. Rather, it is aimed at imparting skills, knowledge, and information that target specific needs and issues of the criminal justice community. To obtain additional information about the services that are available or to request technical assistance or training, contact the NTTAC at firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax at (202) 347-5614, or by calling (202) 347-5610 (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project.The Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project (CCTAP), funded by BJA, offers a wide range of free and cost-share services to criminal courts and related judicial system agencies. Services are provided by senior judicial system practitioners and related professionals and include work on: Caseflow management reviews, Criminal differentiated case management processes, Pretrial services, Jail overcrowding, Prosecution office management, Indigent defense services delivery, Handling juveniles in adult court, Court facility planning and renovation, Operational and management reviews of courts and justice system agencies and departments, COOP (continuity of operations planning) and pandemic/public health emergency preparedness, Justice system-community relations, and Special focus/problem-solving courts. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit here.
State Justice Institute. The State Justice Institute fosters innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts through the provision of technical assistance grants. For specific instructions on how to apply for support, please click here.
National Institute of Corrections.The National Institute of Corrections offers a technical assistance program as well. Click here for more information.