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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…)


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 […]
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 […]
06/26/2018

Small Towns and the Sixth Amendment

Providing adequate counsel is a key challenge to addressing high rates of pretrial detention in rural areas, according to Right on Crime’s recent report, Open Roads […]
08/09/2017

(Evidence-based, Actuarial Pretrial) Risk Assessment

A lot of folks are talking about “risk assessment” these days. And that’s good. But it’s important that everyone is clear about what it means (and […]
02/08/2017

Legislative Audit Exposes Needs for Pretrial Improvements in Utah

Few people would imagine Utah as a hotspot for bail reform. But the state’s legislature recently published a scathing critique of how the for-profit money bond […]
04/15/2014

New Jersey — The Future of Bail in America

This blog post originally appeared on Bail Basics on March 25, 2014. By Tim Schnacke Here is a link to a report issued by New Jersey’s […]
10/16/2013

Does Requiring Money Upfront Make a Difference? Yes. It Needlessly Detains.

For the first time ever, a study compares pretrial release outcomes by money bond type, controlling for the statistical risk level of defendants released pretrial. PJI […]