Local efforts to improve pretrial justice are limited by state-level structures, such as statutes, constitutions, and court rules. Modifying these structures is often needed to enable and accelerate local reform.
In 2015, PJI launched 3DaysCount—named for how quickly pretrial detention can upend a person’s life—to facilitate pretrial reform at the state level.
3DaysCount follows the example of places such as Colorado, Kentucky, and New Jersey, where updated state laws empowered local jurisdictions to implement better pretrial justice policies and practices. Like Smart Pretrial—PJI’s framework for local reform—3DaysCount provides a path of inquiry, goal setting, and implementation focused on ensuring lasting change.
PJI’s 3DaysCount partners are state-level actors, institutions, and organizations focused on updating state statutes, court rules, and constitutions; implementing evidence-based tools and best practices statewide; and empowering and mobilizing community and public support so that all people understand and are able to engage in the change process.
New Jersey, which implemented statewide system changes in January 2017, demonstrates the value of state-level reform. Just one year after it moved away from money bail and carefully implemented pretrial assessment and other changes, such as court reminders and improvements in information-sharing, New Jersey achieved an overall 94% release rate and a 20% decrease in jail populations, while only 44 people posted bond as a condition of release.
- Key Features of Holistic Pretrial Justice Statutes and Court Rules
- Improving Pretrial Justice in New Jersey
- Kentucky Joins National Movement to Improve Pretrial Justice
- Guam Joins National Effort to Improve Pretrial Justice
- Illinois Coalition Joins National Effort to Improve Pretrial Justice
- Connecticut Joins National Movement to Improve Pretrial Justice
- Washington Joins National Movement to Improve Pretrial Justice
- New Hampshire Joins 3DaysCount
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“We are committed to implementing smarter pretrial justice policies here in New Hampshire. The 3DaysCount model will help us start the process of evaluating our current practices regarding money bail and pretrial justice. This will help us determine the best ways to make changes and to take action.”
“Our country needs the kinds of solutions that 3DaysCount advocates to restore our criminal justice systems to where taxpayers can have confidence that they are effective and fair.”
“For so many Americans with limited income, or those living paycheck to paycheck, the inability to make a high bail payment can mean losing a job or even eviction from a home. Many states, including my home state of New Jersey, have taken important steps to improve pretrial justice and I applaud the 3DaysCount campaign to improve pretrial justice...”