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  • Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice - Fall 2019

    Contains 49 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This six-week course is an intensive introduction to the basics of pretrial justice, including legal foundations, pretrial decision making throughout the pretrial process, and building effective pretrial systems.

    This six-week course is an intensive introduction to the basics of pretrial justice, including legal foundations, pretrial decision making throughout the pretrial process, and building effective pretrial systems. The course includes weekly live interactions with PJI faculty and guest speakers, an online community space for discussion with classmates, and self-directed assignments and activities to complete on your own schedule. 

    September 10    Welcome and Orientation
    September 17   The State of Pretrial Justice
    September 24 Legal Foundations & History of Pretrial
    October 1    Enhancing Opportunities for Early Decision Making
    October 8 Pretrial Assessment & Promoting Success
    October 15 Effective Bail Hearings
    October 22
    Assessing & Enhancing Your System

    This course is ideal for professionals new to pretrial, policymakers seeking a better understanding of pretrial justice concepts, or those exploring options to improve the efficacy of their pretrial system. Participants are asked to invest 4 to 6 hours per week in the course, and in that time will enjoy the benefit of experienced faculty, extensive resources, a small class size, and a curriculum focused on real-world applications. 


    Faculty: 
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    John Clark
    Senior Manager, Technical Assistance
    Sue Ferrere
    Technical Assistance Manager

    Course Dates:   Course runs from September 10 to October 22, 2019. Live sessions occur weekly on Tuesdays at 2-3 p.m. (ET) starting September 10, 2019.

    John Clark (Moderator)

    Senior Manager, Technical Assistance

    Contact: john@pretrial.org

    John Clark is a Senior Manager for Technical Assistance at the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).  In over thirty years at PJI, John has provided technical assistance to thousands of entities around the country on implementing evidence-based pretrial justice practices. He has authored numerous articles relating to pretrial justice in such publications as: the American Bar Association’s The Improvement of the Administration of Justiceseries; The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice;the Journal of Court Innovation; and Judicature. He began his career in the pretrial justice field in the 1970s as a pretrial services officer in the District of Columbia. He has a Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice from American University. He is the recipient of the Ennis J. Olgiati Award from the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies for lifetime commitment to pretrial justice.

    Sue Ferrere (Moderator)

    Manager, Technical Assistance

    Contact: sue@pretrial.org

    Sue Ferrere lives and works in Evergreen, Colo. As the technical assistance manager, Sue helps communities improve the outcomes and fairness of their pretrial justice systems. Before joining PJI, Sue was a criminal justice planner in Jefferson County, Colo., and was instrumental in developing the Colorado Improving Supervised Pretrial Release project, a 10-county effort that was the predecessor of the CPAT (Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool). Sue, who also specializes in developing coordinated justice system responses to individuals with behavioral health challenges, helped start the Jefferson County Recovery Court. In a previous life, Sue was a renewable energy scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. Sue especially enjoys the fusion of law and science necessary to transform our pretrial justice system.

  • Pretrial 101 (2 half-day sessions)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 06/17/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Pretrial 101 is an intensive, six-hour training on pretrial law, research, policy, and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore key concepts, engage in discussions with colleagues from around the country, assess the functioning of their current systems, and leave with concrete ideas for next steps. If you are new to this issue or want to brush up on the fundamentals, this training is for you.

    Pretrial 101 is an intensive, six-hour training on pretrial law, research, policy, and practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore key concepts, engage in discussions with colleagues from around the country, assess the functioning of their current systems, and leave with concrete ideas for next steps.  If you are new to this issue or want to brush up on the fundamentals, this training is for you.

    Session One: June 17, 2019 - 1 to 4 p.m. ET. 
    Session Two: June 19, 2019 - 1 to 4 p.m. ET. 

    Meghan Guevara (Moderator)

    Vice President, Innovation & Impact

    As the vice president of innovation and impact, Meghan Guevara leads PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent nearly 20 years providing training and professional development to criminal justice and human services professionals who seek to advance their work using the latest research and to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. For the past decade, Meghan has focused on local- and state-level systems change and has also worked extensively at the county level to build collaborative, data-driven justice systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

  • How We Talk: Research-Based Communications

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 06/12/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    PJI CEO Cherise Fanno Burdeen will highlight features of the new Communications and Community Engagement Toolkit, designed to empower users to join discussions around pretrial justice reform in the United States with regard to policy, language, and various media and policymaking forums. This toolkit represents an evolution in our thought process to keep pace with fast-moving changes in conversations around mass incarceration and the role of pretrial justice.

    PJI CEO Cherise Fanno Burdeen will highlight features of the new Communications and Community Engagement Toolkit, designed to empower users to join discussions around pretrial justice reform in the United States with regard to policy, language, and various media and policymaking forums. This toolkit represents an evolution in our thought process to keep pace with fast-moving changes in conversations around mass incarceration and the role of pretrial justice.

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen

    CEO

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen, PJI’s CEO, has spent more than 20 years working to improve public safety policies and practices across the country. After earning a bachelor’s in public administration from Miami University (Ohio) and a master’s in criminal justice from Indiana University, she began her career with the DOJ's National Institute of Justice. After fieldwork that included time with the Safer Foundation in Chicago and post-9/11 federal service with the Department of Homeland Security, Cherise joined PJI.

    Since 2006, Cherise has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, amassed a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. She has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and change efforts across the criminal justice system. She serves as an issue expert for legal and correctional professionals, national and community advocates, the media, influencers, and artists.

  • First Friday Forum - Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, a conversation with Gabriel Sayegh

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 06/07/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    New York just passed historic pretrial justice reforms. Join PJI and special guest Gabriel Sayegh from the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice as we discuss what the 2019 legislation means for the state and future criminal justice reform efforts.

    New York just passed historic pretrial justice reforms. Join PJI and special guest Gabriel Sayegh from the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice as we discuss what the 2019 legislation means for the state and future criminal justice reform efforts.

    gabriel sayegh

    Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director

    gabriel sayegh is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. He brings over 20 years of organizing and advocacy experience to dismantle mass incarceration, end the war on drugs, and build communities.

    sayegh has served as chief architect and strategist for numerous campaigns. From August 2015 – June 2017, he was the lead architect and chief strategist on the #CLOSErikers campaign which successfully forced New York City to adopt as its official policy, the closure of Rikers Island Jail Complex. sayegh was a key leader in the campaign to roll back the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws, devising and managing the strategy that finally led to one of the most significant sentencing reform victories in a generation. He was the architect of the campaign to end New York City’s racially biased marijuana arrest crusade, which cut the number of marijuana arrests in NYC by half, and he served as chief architect, strategist and director of the campaign to pass New York’s medical marijuana legislation. sayegh managed a bipartisan effort to enact life-saving Good Samaritan overdose prevention legislation in New York, and coordinated with community organizations to expand municipal-focused and public health responses to drug use. From 2013 – 2016, he co-led and facilitated the development and launch of the innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Albany, New York.

    Prior to co-founding Katal, from 2003 – 2015, sayegh worked at the Drug Policy Alliance, a national organization working to end the war on drugs. For over 12 years he served in many positions, including as Managing Director of Policy and Campaigns, where he supervised a staff of 27 and a budget of $4m. To connect DPA’s work to a grassroots base, sayegh launched DPA’s first office focused explicitly on field organizing, established DPA’s grantee partners network, and for many years managed the scholarship program for DPA’s signature International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

    From 2012 – 2014, sayegh led a unique collaboration with Charlotte Street Films on the powerful, Sundance award-winning documentary about the war on drugs directed by Eugene Jarecki, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN. In addition to advising the film director and producers on policy and advocacy, sayegh and his team devised strategies to utilize the film as an advocacy tool to leverage local reform efforts and spur public debate about mass incarceration and the war on drugs. The collaboration included developing a toolkit to accompany the film and working with hundreds of community based organizations across the country in using the film as a tool for education and advocacy – in schools, community centers, legislatures, prisons and jails, and more.

    Sayegh began organizing in 1996, working on prison moratorium and racial equity campaigns in California, and has subsequently worked on addressing domestic violence, ending violence against women and LGTBQ people, promoting fair trade, criminal justice and drug policy reform, and more. In 2003, sayegh served as session staff for Washington State Senator Debbie Regala (D-27), with a policy portfolio focused on criminal justice, welfare, and human services. From 2009 – 2012, he served as a field lecturer in the policy track of the Columbia Graduate School of Social Work.

    He has appeared in a wide range of broadcast, online, and print media, including: The New York Times, NY1, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Fusion, NPR, Washington Post, Newsweek, Vice, NY Daily News, NY Post, Associated Press, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Gawker, BBC, and more. He is the author of numerous articles and co-author of several reports, including Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy (the subject of a New York Times editorial) and From Handcuffs to Healthcare: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Law Reform. He’s served as a guest speaker at hundreds of conferences, meetings and events across the country, and has given a TEDx talkabout his personal struggles with addiction and the connections between the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and systemic racism.

    Sayegh serves as a trustee of the New York Foundation, and sits on the board of Atlanta-based movement organization, Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, and a BA from The Evergreen State College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • First Friday Forum - What's Happening in Pretrial (May 2019)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/03/2019

    Pretrial improvements are underway across the country. Join PJI as we provide an update on changing practices, legislation, and litigation efforts, as well as new resources.

    Pretrial improvements are underway across the country. Join PJI as we provide an update on changing practices, legislation, and litigation efforts, as well as new resources.

    Meghan Guevara (Moderator)

    Vice President, Innovation & Impact

    As the vice president of innovation and impact, Meghan Guevara leads PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent nearly 20 years providing training and professional development to criminal justice and human services professionals who seek to advance their work using the latest research and to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. For the past decade, Meghan has focused on local- and state-level systems change and has also worked extensively at the county level to build collaborative, data-driven justice systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

  • Pretrial Release Without Money in NYC

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/05/2019

    In 2018 there were more than three times as many releases without money than money bail in New York City. Join special guests Aubrey Fox and Miriam Popper as they talk about pretrial improvements highlighted in a new report from the NYC Criminal Justice Agency.

    In 2018 there were more than three times as many releases without money than money bail in New York City. Join special guests Aubrey Fox and Miriam Popper as they talk about pretrial improvements highlighted in a new report from the NYC Criminal Justice Agency. 

    Panelists: 

    • Aubrey Fox, Executive Director of NYC Criminal Justice Agency
    • Miriam Popper, Executive Director of Diversion Initiatives, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, New York City

  • Pretrial Justice: The Role of Law Enforcement

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, these on-demand e-learning modules are tailored to law enforcement leaders and frontline officers. Topics include the law and research underlying pretrial justice as well as strategies improve victim and community safety, maximize court appearance, and target jail resources to the highest risk defendants.

    The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Pretrial Justice Institute are pleased to announce the release of two new interactive online courses through the University of Pretrial that will help law enforcement executives and officers learn more about the pretrial justice system and help other justice system agencies learn more about law enforcement’s role in the system, so that they can forge stronger partnerships that will benefit the whole justice system. 

    Courses include: 

    • Overview of the pretrial justice system, bail, and preventative detention 
    • Risk- and evidence-based solutions for common law enforcement challenges that support 21st Century Policing principles and maximize public safety 
    • Resources to develop and enhance effective justice system partnerships

    If you complete one course and are interested in the other, feel free to enroll and jump to the "Advancing Pretrial Justice" section to explore the roles of Chiefs and Officers.

  • Pretrial Justice in 60 Minutes

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Pretrial Justice in 60 Minutes is a crash course in the basics of pretrial justice challenges and solutions.

    Pretrial Justice in 60 Minutes is a crash course in the basics of pretrial justice challenges and solutions. 

  • "Who Are You Calling Unfair?" An Online Discussion of Pretrial Fairness

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/06/2019

    This interactive webcast used live text-based polling to spark a discussion about what fairness might look like and feel like for defendants at the pretrial stage.

    This interactive webcast will use live text-based polling to spark a discussion about what fairness might look like and feel like for defendants at the pretrial stage. The conversation will outline these ideas within the framework of procedural justice, a concept rooted in psychology research that helps to define fairness. Register for the action lab session on this topic at Pi-Con.

    Panelists: 
    Emily Gold LaGratta, Director of Procedural Justice Initiatives/Deputy Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation
    Caitlin Flood, Senior Program Manager, Center for Court Innovation

  • We've Chosen an Assessment Now What

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/08/2018

    Deciding on an assessment tool is an important first step in improving pretrial practices in your jurisdiction. In this session we'll talk about creating an effective and transparent decision-making framework to make the most of the assessment.

    Deciding on an assessment tool is an important first step in improving pretrial practices in your jurisdiction. In this session we'll talk about creating an effective and transparent decision-making framework to make the most of the assessment.

    Panelists: 

    Mike Jones - President, Pinnacle Justice

    • Pam Bunke - Pretrial Coordinator; Office of Court Administrator, MT
    • James Lapotka - Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney; Lake County, MT