Local Assistance

Starter Kits

PJI, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has produced Pretrial Services Program Implementation: A Starter Kit, which provides information to jurisdictions on how to start a pretrial services program. It is also a useful tool for jurisdictions seeking to expand programs that currently provide only minimal services.

Pretrial Services Program Implementation: A Starter Kit
Pretrial Services Starter Kit - PJI 2010.pdf
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The Crime & Justice Institute has developed a toolkit for practitioners to aid in the creation of effective pretrial programs. The toolkit offers practical guidance on developing an effective continuum of pretrial options.

Creating an Effective Pretrial Program
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Risk Assessment

For standards, examples and publications on pretrial risk assessment visit our Risk Assessment Solution page. The Pretrial Justice Institute has produced Pretrial Risk Assessment 101: Science Provides Guidance on Managing Defendants. A validated pretrial risk assessment instrument uses specific information about defendants to create a summary (typically one-page), which rates their likelihood to be rearrested or fail to appear in court prior to the completion of their case. It is a vital tool for determining bail and release conditions for those awaiting trial. Visit our library to view examples of risk assessments and recommendations for implementing a validated pretrial risk assessment instrument in your jurisdiction.

Pretrial Risk Assessment: Science Provides Guidance on Managing Defendants
Issue Brief-Pretrial Risk Assessment (May 2015).pdf
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How to Make Best Use of Technical Assistance (TA)

PJI, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has developed Using Outside Expertise: Know What to Expect for jurisdictions seeking outside guidance. This guide addresses short-term, on-site TA. It is designed to explain the process, set expectations, and outline requirements that will be placed on the jurisdiction that is requesting the TA.

Using Outside Expertise: Know What to Expect
PJI Using Outside Expertise Know What To Expect .pdf
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Providing Technical Assistance

The National Institute of Corrections has produced a handbook to provide a clear structure for the consistent and uniform delivery of technical assistance (TA) at the pretrial stage. This guide presents a protocol designed to produce high-quality technical assistance at the pretrial justice stage. Divided into five sections, the guide covers the obligations of the TA provider, planning, onsite activities and protocols, the TA report, and follow-up activities.

Assessing Local Pretrial Justice Functions
Assessing Local Pretrial Justice Functions - NIC 2011.pdf
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State Justice Insitute

A strategic initiative grant from the State Justice Institute is available to help courts implement legal and evidence-based pretrial practices. PJI and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) are helping to implement the new Pretrial Justice Reform and the State Courts Initiative.

To apply for Technical Assistance, please download the Technical Assistance Request Form from the National Center for State Courts website.

National Association of Pretrial Services AgenciesNAPSA

NAPSA is the national professional association for the pretrial release and pretrial diversion fields. It provides assessment and accreditation services for pretrial programs and agencies and training and certification for pretrial practitioners. Every fall, NAPSA’s annual conference brings together pretrial practitioners and other criminal justice stakeholders from around the country to share knowledge, resources and best practices.

The National Institute of Corrections

NICThe NIC Technical Assistance Program responds directly to the needs, problems, and individual requirements of state and local correctional agencies. NIC’s technical assistance includes jail population analysis, onsite guidance, support, and consultation or training provided by an experienced technical resource provider or NIC staff member. NIC technical assistance also includes starting, improving and staffing Criminal Justice Coordinating Committees. CCJCs, also known as councils or boards, are the forum through which elected and appointed executive-level policymakers in local jurisdictions, convene to collaboratively address issues facing the justice system and its constituent agencies. In addition, NIC runs a comprehensive Pretrial Executives Training to enhance the effectiveness of pretrial executives in maintaining and improving current services. NIC also provides a wide range of publications that can help local jurisdictions deliver safe, fair, and effective pretrial justice at nicic.gov. Examples include:

The Bureau of Justice Assistance

BJA NTTAC The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) offers training and technical assistance to criminal justice agencies and organizations to improve their capacity to address the myriad challenges they face. Eligible recipients include law enforcement, courts, corrections, providers of substance abuse and mental health services, 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. 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 case flow management reviews; criminal differentiated case management processes; pretrial services; jail overcrowding; prosecution office management; indigent defense services delivery; managing juveniles in the adult court system; 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.

The State Justice InstituteSJI

The State Justice Institute, awards grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues.