Pretrial Justice Institute’s core purpose is to advance safe, fair, and effective juvenile and adult pretrial justice practices policies that honor and protect all people.

PJI has leveraged more than 40 years of experience to create a practical and proven approach to advancing safe, fair, and effective pretrial reform that honors and protects all people. Our theory of change applies five core services to inspire and empower others to act to effect lasting change.

Educate key stakeholders

Decades of experience have made PJI a hub of useful information and pragmatic strategies. We are continuously developing innovative ways to disseminate what we know and cultivating vital networks of expert practitioners who can share the latest perspectives on what works.

Inspire system actors to action

PJI knows the imperative of pretrial justice, and wants others to share this urgency. PJI drives an active conversation about pretrial justice, prioritizing issues for debate, introducing powerful facts that direct discourse, and putting forward thoughtful, proven solutions.

Develop messages, stories, and media coverage in support of change

PJI’s media efforts and messaging campaigns fuel demand for reform and encourage communities and practitioners to come to the table. PJI publications provide concrete insight about best practices and candid assessments of the progress communities are making toward reform.

Provide targeted support for state and local reform initiatives

Through a proven strategic framework that starts with developing a strong understanding of a jurisdiction’s current pretrial system and establishing ambitious, attainable goals for reform, PJI provides expertise and guidance to state and local jurisdictions at every step of the process. PJI stands with its partners and provides real-time problem-solving support on what is often a long road to successful implementation.

Build a community of reform-minded people

PJI empowers local and state leaders to implement safe, fair, and effective pretrial justice reforms. We are committed to raising up and educating leaders of reform and to elevating critical voices, especially those from low-income communities and communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system.