Preventive Detention

  • 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…)


08/08/2018

Resetting the Default: Detention Should be Hard to Get

Today, the system’s ability to invoke unnecessary pretrial detention is akin to the easy, quick – often mindless – process of ordering a pizza for delivery […]
07/12/2018

Voters Ready to Change the Default of Pretrial Detention

We don’t like stupid rules at PJI. That’s probably one reason why Inc. magazine recognized us as one of the Best Workplaces of 2018. So when […]
05/02/2018

Million Dollar Bonds

People are finally getting it. When someone charged with a serious offense has a high bond set by the court, the implication is that if the […]
07/19/2016

Pretrial Supervision, Like Detention, Should Be Carefully Limited

Guest blog by Charlotte McPherson Manager, Pretrial Services, State of Kentucky Life, liberty and…supervision? Not sure our founding fathers would have approved. We can speculate on […]