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For Immediate Release: November 1, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126

While Nation Gets a “D” on Pretrial Justice, Several States Show Promise of Reform

Washington, DC - A new report released today by the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) measures the quality of pretrial justice systems across the United States. The State of Pretrial Justice in America examines pretrial justice – the phase of the criminal justice system from initial contact with law enforcement to the resolution of charges through a plea, trial or dismissal – at the state level and for the nation as a whole. And as the report details, the state of pretrial justice in our country is alarming:

  • Over one-third of states received a failing grade due to high rates of unnecessary pretrial detention and failure to implement evidence-based tools to guide decisions about who goes to jail before trial.
  • The nation as a whole received a D: nearly two-thirds of the US jail population has not yet been to trial and only 1 in 4 Americans lives in a jurisdiction that uses a validated evidence-based pretrial assessment meant to guide discretion and reduce bias.
  • Only one state, New Jersey, earned an ‘A’ grade – New Jersey effectively eliminated money bail at the beginning of 2017.

There is cause for hope, however. The report highlights several states where significant pretrial improvements seem to be on the horizon, as more and more jurisdictions begin to move away from using money bond to make decisions about pretrial release. (more…)


For Immediate Release: October 4, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126


Reframes "Risk Assessment" as Evidence-Based Pretrial Assessment to More Accurately Reflect the Role and Value of These Tools in Producing Pretrial Success

Washington, DC—The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has released today a new report titled Questions about Pretrial Assessment. As the title indicates, the report seeks to eliminate confusion and resolve common misconceptions about objective, actuarial assessment tools that help courts make better release and supervision decisions for people charged with committing a crime. In the process, the report also introduces a new, more accurate way of speaking and thinking about pretrial decision making tools and outcomes.



For Immediate Release: September 20, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126


Additions Enhance Expertise in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Best Practice in Evidence-Based Pretrial Justice

Washington, DC—Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO, and Chris Rodgers, Board Chair of Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) are pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the organization’s board of directors:

  • Leslie C. Cooper, director of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia
  • Hassan Aden, former chief of police in Greenville, NC, former Director of Research and Programs for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Steering Committee member at Law Enforcement Leaders
  • Adam J. Foss, former assistant district attorney in Boston, MA, and co-founder of Prosecutor Impact, a nonprofit working to reframe the role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system



For Immediate Release: July 24, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126


Cities & Counties Work To Address Longstanding Barriers to Justice

The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has selected six local jurisdictions to receive targeted technical assistance from PJI funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Each of the sites will focus on a specific topic designed to help the jurisdiction improve the performance of its pretrial justice system—the portion of the criminal justice system that extends from a person’s first contact with law enforcement until any resulting charges are resolved, usually through a trial, dismissal or a plea.

The six sites and their chosen topics are:

  • Alachua County, FL—Enhancing and Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Equality
  • Lucas County, OH—Minimizing Technical Violations and Re-Admission
  • Marion County, IN—Detention Hearings
  • Mecklenburg County, NC—Minimizing Technical Violations and Re-Admission
  • San Francisco, CA—Procedural Justice at First Sight
  • Santa Clara County, CA—Enhancing and Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Equality



For Immediate Release: June 22, 2017

Contact:  Fiona Druge, Pretrial Justice Institute,, (646) 755-6126; Lorrie Thompson, Administrative Office of the Courts, (360) 705-5347 

3DaysCount Campaign Offers Path to Fairer Outcomes, Greater Public Safety, and Better Use of Public Resources

SEATAC, WA — Members of the Washington state judiciary and Cherise Fanno Burdeen, chief executive officer of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), today announced that Washington state is forming a Pretrial Reform Task Force and will partner with PJI through 3DaysCount, PJI’s national campaign to make pretrial justice in America safer, fairer, and more effective. The announcement was made at the kick-off meeting of the Task Force, a joint effort by the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association, and the Superior Court Judges’ Association to evaluate the state’s pretrial justice system.

Washington joins other pretrial reform leaders and 3DaysCount members Connecticut, Guam, and Illinois to focus on evaluating proven, evidence-based improvements in pretrial justice—the phase of the criminal justice system that extends from first contact with law enforcement to resolution of any resulting charges. (more…)