PJI Staff


Cherise Fanno Burdeen

Executive Director

Ms. Burdeen has spent nearly 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a Bachelors in Public Administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice. After field work that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Burdeen joined PJI. Since 2006, Ms. Burdeen has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, amassed a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and communications efforts across the criminal justice system. After a national search in 2013, the PJI Board selected Ms. Burdeen as PJI's Executive Director. Ms. Burdeen is also the Immediate Past President of National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.

Email: cherise@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.338.3827

Timothy J. Murray

Director Emeritus

Mr. Murray has worked as a criminal justice practitioner at the local, state and federal levels for 40 years. His extensive pretrial justice experience includes management and executive positions with the pretrial services systems in Washington, D.C., and Miami-Dade County, Fla. While in Miami, he was the principal architect and administrator of the nation's first drug court. He went on to serve with the U.S. Department of Justice as first director of the Drug Court Program Office.

Following that appointment, Tim held the positions of Director of Policy and Planning and Director of Program Development at the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He completed his federal service as part of the start-up team for the Transportation Security Administration, now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was selected as PJI's Executive Director in 2006. He has provided technical assistance to hundreds of programs and organizations, nationally and internationally. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies and is the proud recipient of the Association's most prestigious honor, the Ennis J. Olgiati Award. He also serves as the Executive Director for the Institute for Justice Planning, a subsidiary of PJI providing planning support to jurisdictions engaged in criminal justice system reform.

Email: tim@pretrial.org  Phone: 240.676.0252


Amy DeVries

Deputy Director of Operations

Ms. DeVries received her Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from George Mason University and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam on her first attempt in 1999. After a period as a not-for-profit auditor, she worked in the Hi-Tech industry before moving back into the not-for-profit sector as the Financial Manager for The JFA Institute in Washington, DC. She joined PJI with over ten years of experience working in management, contract revenue, government grants and financial reporting both internal and external.

Email: amy@pretrial.org   Phone: 210.236.8185

Michael R. Jones

Director of Implementation

Dr. Jones is the Director of Implementation for the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), where he has worked since 2010. At PJI, he directs the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative, oversees training and technical assistance for states, localities, and various stakeholder organizations, and assists states and local jurisdictions in understanding and implementing more legal and empirically-based pretrial policies and practices by designing strategic, system-change initiatives, delivering technical assistance, performing empirical research, and publishing resource materials. Mike also works as a technical resource provider for the National Institute of Corrections, and previously served as the Criminal Justice Planning Manager for Jefferson County, Colorado for nine years. Mike received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Email: mike@pretrial.org   Phone: 303.870.0378


Senior Manager, Technical Assistance

Mr. Clark has worked closely with officials in hundreds of jurisdictions to gain support for and implement pretrial justice reforms. He has extensive experience in conducting system assessments, gathering and analyzing data, and presenting findings both orally and in writing, as well as in training judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, pretrial services program administrators, and others on pretrial justice-related topics. His expertise includes identifying causes of jail crowding, implementing validated pretrial risk assessment instruments, identifying alternatives to detention, and pretrial services program development. Prior to joining PJI in 1987, John worked at the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency for eight years.  He has a Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from American University. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies and is the proud recipient of the Association's most prestigious honor, the Ennis J. Olgiati Award.

Email: john@pretrial.org   Phone: 202.841.3179

Spike Bradford


Mr. Bradford’s professional career began at the Department of the Attorney General for the State of Hawai`i where he evaluated the juvenile correctional system and oversaw data collection for the Uniform Crime Reports. He has subsequently worked in justice reform, education and training, and public health in Washington, DC, Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka, Zambia. Most recently, Spike was Senior Research Associate at the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a DC-based non-profit organization. His work at JPI included research projects covering state-based reform, delinquency prevention strategies, corrections analysis and, most detailed, bail reform. Spike holds a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii and a Masters of Education from Bowling Green State University.

Email: spike@pretrial.org   Phone: 614.377.0727

Beth Oprisch

National JDAI Training Manager

Ms. Oprisch has worked in the juvenile justice field for more than 25 years. Most recently, she was the State JDAI Coordinator for Ohio. She is a former Superintendent at the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility and former Executive Director for the Belmont Harrison District. She is a past president of the Ohio Juvenile Detention Director’s Association and a former Chair of the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee of the Governor’s Council for Juvenile Justice. Beth also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

In her role with PJI, Beth works with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to manage the training aspect of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and provide support for the JDAI Helpdesk. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from West Virginia University.

Email: beth@pretrial.org   Phone: 740.391.2278

Bryan Taylor

Digital Media Manager

Mr. Taylor works with various technologies to effectively convey the messages related to pretrial justice. Bryan maintains pretrial.org along with PJI’s blog, newsletter, and social media. In addition to adult pretrial work, he maintains the JDAI Helpdesk and works with juvenile justice leadership to improve the resources available to JDAI sites. He received his Master's in Public Policy from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in crime and corrections policy. While in school he worked closely with leadership in Utah County to improve pretrial outcomes including the creation of an implementation plan and securing funding for the project. In addition to pretrial justice policy, he has published research on the effectiveness of a drug outpatient program in the Utah County Jail and a meta-analysis of substance abuse treatment programs.

Email: bryan@pretrial.org   Phone: 425.770.6618

MaryWebMary Robinson

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor's of Science in Accounting from University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School of Business. She is a Certified Bookkeeper and a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and she has over six years of Accounting /Bookkeeping experience. Before joining PJI, she has worked in the non-profit arena, and she has worked as an accounting freelancer.

Email: mary@pretrial.org   Phone: 240.801.0160