Judges across the country are taking a leadership role in moving from resource-based to risk-based pretrial decision making. Please visit our Court Resources page to learn what judges are doing to improve the front-end of the criminal justice system and how you can get involved.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys has recognized the usefulness of pretrial services and validated risk assessment. Visit our Screening by an Experienced Prosecutor page to learn how prosecutors can improve the pretrial process and watch Attorney General Eric Holder speaking on pretrial justice reform.
The American Council of Chief Defenders along with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have called for more just pretrial practices. Visit our Defense Counsel page to learn how the defense community can improve pretrial justice.
A growing number of law enforcement executives such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Association of Sheriffs are calling for safer pretrial practices. Visit IACP’s Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative page to learn more about what law enforcement can do to improve pretrial justice.
The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies is a great resource for practitioner training, certification and program accreditation. Visit www.napsa.org for more information.
Victims want a system based on defendant risk and accountability of defendants in complying with court orders of supervision. We want to hear from victims and victims’ advocates about how pretrial decision-making has affected you.
In order to effectively bring about change, we need to hear from those who are affected most by the system.
County leadership is responsible for a vast array of services; one of the most important is community safety. Visit the National Association of Counties’ Front-End Justice Reform page to learn how you can improve pretrial practices in your county.
Counties can only make progress in their policies and practices when the state bail laws support legal and evidence-based pretrial justice. States are beginning to update their bail laws, moving to risk-based, not resource-based laws, but much more needs to be done. Visit our Policy Brief page to learn more about pretrial justice and to view model legislation.
A key element in pretrial reform is to follow evidence-based practices provided by quality research. Visit our Research Community page to see previous work and to learn how others are measuring success and failure in pretrial release.
Much of what PJI does overlaps with other parts of criminal and social justice issues. PJI encourages advocacy groups to consider joining the National Pretrial Justice Coalition.
Please direct media inquiries to Molly Haigh.