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Pretrial Risk Assessment: Science Provides Guidance on Managing Defendants , Issue Brief-Pretrial Risk Assessment (May 2015).pdf (195.4 KiB)
Risk Assessment , Risk Assessment(2).pdf (181.6 KiB)
Risk Assessment: Evidence-based pretrial decision-making (Brief) , Risk Assessment.pdf (181.6 KiB)
PJI Annual Report - 2012 , PJI 2012 Annual Report.pdf (1.2 MiB)
Fact & Positions: The Truth About Commercial Bail Bonding in America , Facts and Positions 1.pdf (525.6 KiB)
Dispelling the Myths: What Policy Makers Need to Know About Pretrial Research (Executive Summary) , Dispelling the Myths (November 2012).pdf (1.4 MiB)
PJI Annual Report - 2011 , PJI Annual Report 2011.pdf (875.8 KiB)
Rational and Transparent Bail Decision Making: Moving from a Cash-Based to a Risk-Based Process , Rational and Transparent Bail Decision Making.pdf (230.4 KiB)
State of the Science of Pretrial Release Recommendations and Supervision , PJI State of the Science Pretrial Recommendations and Supervision (2011).pdf (546.2 KiB) - This document begins with a discussion of the legal issues that are relevant to persons who have been accused, but not yet adjudicated, of a crime. It describes the possible legal implications of pretrial release practices, including the setting of specific conditions of pretrial release. Following that is a discussion of research results regarding pretrial release conditions and interventions. The final section presents existing guidelines for pretrial release recommendations and differential pretrial supervision.
State of the Science of Pretrial Risk Assessment , PJI State of the Science Pretrial Risk Assessment (2011).pdf (419.3 KiB) - This publication is designed for a wide-ranging audience of criminal justice stakeholders who have questions about pretrial risk assessment and its value to the pretrial justice process. The first section of this publication provides a brief review of the history and current state of pretrial justice. The second section looks at critical issues related to pretrial release, detention, and risk assessment. The third section discusses challenges to implementing evidence-based risk assessment and threats to reliable administration, including time constraints and practicality of the risk assessment instrument, money bail schedules, local capacity, subjective risk assessment, and court culture and judicial behavior. The fourth section of the document outlines methodological challenges associated with the prediction of risk. The final section provides recommendations for research and practice. We discuss high priority research activities, the potential for a universal risk assessment instrument, and the need for training and technical assistance.