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  • Voices with Impact (6/26/2019)

    By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program

    There is an orthodoxy that changing laws should be left in the hands of legislators, lawyers and policy experts. But our recent campaign around changing electronic monitoring (EM) laws in Illinois provides another clear example of why the voice and participation of impacted people adds a key dimension to the process of policy change. Though this legislation focused on the state’s use of EM after people had completed their sentences, there are real lessons for folks working on pretrial legislation. (more…)


06/26/2019

Voices with Impact

By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program There is an orthodoxy that changing laws should be left in the hands of legislators, lawyers and policy experts. But […]
04/18/2019

What the New Jersey Report Shows Us

Six years ago, a major catalyst for pretrial reform in New Jersey came in the form of a report showing that nearly 40 percent of people […]
03/20/2019

How Reform Gets Done and Stays Done

We love March at PJI. This month marks the 42nd anniversary of our founding as the Pretrial Services Resource Center, and the 12th anniversary of our […]
03/06/2019

A Hero Passes But His Vision Remains

Jeff Adachi, the public defender of San Francisco, died suddenly at the age of 59 on February 22. His death sent shock waves through the many […]
02/20/2019

FOMO at PI-Con? You bet!

The Pretrial Innovators Convention, also known as PI-Con, is less than a month away, on March 14-15 in Denver. If you haven’t registered yet, you have […]
02/06/2019

Respect and Dignity: A Critical Component of Pretrial Justice

The concept of procedural justice invokes the idea that treating people in a humanizing and respectful manner is not only the right thing to do, but […]
01/23/2019

Looking Back and Thinking Ahead on Pretrial Justice with Jeremy Travis

Guest blog by Jeremy Travis. Jeremy Travis is executive vice president of criminal justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and President Emeritus of the […]
12/12/2018

Guest Blog: The Myth of the Electronic Monitor

By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program The first time I saw an electronic ankle monitor was 2009. Unfortunately, it was on my own leg. After […]
11/28/2018

PI-Con 2019 Preview

2019 is not an Olympic year or a major election year, but here at PJI, it’s our year with a major event! 2019 is the year […]