Policy

  • 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 […]
05/02/2018

Step Up to Remove People with Mental Illnesses from Jails

56-year-old veteran Jerome Murdough was arrested for sleeping in the stairwell of a Harlem public housing project on a cold winter night. Murdough, who had been […]
02/21/2018

Prosecutors Turn Away from Money Bail

Of the many encouraging developments in pretrial justice recently is the growing number of prosecutors who are publicly acknowledging the limitations of money bail and the […]
01/09/2018

People Make Change (Data Helps)

In 2009, Google embarked on a study to answer a simple question: Does management matter? For a company that prided itself on recruiting the best and […]
11/20/2017

Feedback on The State of Pretrial Justice in America

By Cherise Fanno Burdeen Two weeks ago PJI released The State of Pretrial Justice in America, a nationwide report card measuring each state’s—and America’s—progress toward safe, […]
07/11/2017

Tax Officials Call Money Bail a ‘Bad Deal’

A new report out of San Francisco underscores—once again—how money bail fails the jurisdictions that use it and the people forced to pay for their liberty. […]
07/06/2016

Fairness is Fiscally Responsible

By Jane Wiseman and Stephen Goldsmith This guest post, re-posted from Data Smart City Solutions site of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School, […]
03/17/2015

The DOJ’s Ferguson Report Shows Why Our Bail System is a Disaster

This article originally appeared on msnbc.com on March 10, 2015 By Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Director, Pretrial Justice Institute “It’s only three days.” That’s what a […]