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  • How We Talk: Research-Based Communications

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/12/2019

    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.

    Tenille Patterson

    Vice President, Mission Support Services

    As the vice president of mission support services, Tenille Patterson is responsible for and oversees the activities and processes that provide core mission support to PJI. Tenille's accounting career began 16 years ago when she worked as an auditor for the global professional services firm PwC. To align her professional aspirations with her spirit of advocacy and social justice, Tenille transitioned into the nonprofit field, working with and for organizations serving the most underserved and disenfranchised.

    In her most recent nonprofit leadership experience, Tenille served as chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization dedicated to supporting fathers and families suffering from the effects of systemic and institutional inequality. Tenille has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and is a certified public accountant.

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

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    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

  • Voters Reject Default Detention: Results from National Public Opinion Polling

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/27/2018

    ​The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) released a new survey showing most voters want to see a more equitable justice system that focuses on safety and favor community-based supports rather than default pretrial incarceration.

    The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) released a new survey showing most voters want to see a more equitable justice system that focuses on safety and favor community-based supports rather than default pretrial incarceration. Lake Research Partners conducted the nationwide survey of 1,400 registered voters and Charles Koch Institute ran an independent analysis on the data.

    Join us to hear from the president of Lake Research Partners and leading political strategist, Celinda Lake, and Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute as they report on the national appetite for reform, with public opinion trends from the past 5 years.

    Panelists:
    Host: Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of Pretrial Justice Institute
    Guest: Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners 

  • Responding to Violations: New Approaches in Lucas & Mecklenburg Counties

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/24/2018

    ​In the event that someone fails to adhere to the conditions of his or her release, the supervising agency needs to determine the best course of action to achieve the goals of pretrial release. Representatives from Lucas and Mecklenburg Counties join us to share some new approaches to responding to technical violations.

    In the event that someone fails to adhere to the conditions of his or her release, the supervising agency needs to determine the best course of action to achieve the goals of pretrial release. Representatives from Lucas and Mecklenburg Counties join us to share some new approaches to responding to technical violations.

    Panelists: 
    John Clark [Moderator] - senior manager of technical assistance, Pretrial Justice Institute
    Michelle Butts - deputy director, Regional Court Services, Lucas County Common Pleas Court
    Jessica Ireland, MPA - program manager—pretrial services, Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Services
    Yvonne Jones - case management supervisor, Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Services
    Claire Brooker - associate, Justice System Partners