Smart Pretrial

  • 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…)


05/25/2016

More Evidence of the Harms of Money Bail

Three research reports released earlier this month add substantially to what we know about the harms caused by money bail. Research is crucial to building momentum […]
10/14/2015

What Can Three Jurisdictions Teach Us About Pretrial Justice?

By Tim Schnacke, Executive Director, Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices  The first three sites of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative […]