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  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (Nov 16, 2021)

    Contains 9 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2021 at 6:45 PM (EST)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the five-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    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.

  • Exploring Pretrial Justice: Community Workshop (October 19, 2021)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    A five-hour introduction to pretrial justice for advocates and other community members.​


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


    Exploring Pretrial Justice Banner

    Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

    Organizers, advocates and community members interested in championing pretrial justice and racial equity... we created this virtual workshop just for you! Join us for an inside look at the front end of the legal system in a casual setting where people’s lived experience is valued. 

    During this five-hour class, we will:

    • Explore the history of pretrial justice through racial lens;
    • Investigate and explain the roles and power of system stakeholders;
    • Articulate and illustrate history’s influence on present day practices and policies; 
    • Analyze current controversies in pretrial decision making; and
    • Identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work.

    Cost: FREE, but space is limited to 30 participants. 

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    When registering, you will be asked to briefly describe your work and why you are interested in taking this workshop. 

    We look forward to you joining us!


    *This workshop a beginner's overview of pretrial justice intended for community members. System professionals and others seeking a more advanced curriculum, please check out our Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice offerings.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    Cherise Fanno Burdeenhas 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.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course (Fall 2021)

    Contains 8 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This six-week virtual course offers deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    FALL SESSION
    Oct 6 - Nov 17, 2021

    Gather the knowledge and tools you need to make the greatest impact in your work by registering for our newly revamped Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: This intensive course offers a deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens. Participants will critique local policies and practices; discuss how the field is evolving through litigation, research, and advocacy efforts; assess their current system; and articulate next steps for system improvement.

    There are only 30 spots available for this six-week virtual course that combines self-guided learning activities with weekly lessons taught by pretrial experts and robust class discussions. 

    WHO SHOULD ENROLL? Anyone who plays a role in influencing pretrial policy and creating an equitable justice system, including:

    • Professionals working in the pretrial justice system
    • Government and nonprofit leaders and staff
    • Organizers and advocates at the state + national level
    • Elected officials and their staff

    Live sessions meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

    Course Fee: $500

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    If you are looking for the most current, comprehensive, engaging and inclusive opportunity to learn the Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice, please join us!

    John Clark (Moderator)

    Senior Associate, Technical Assistance

    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 Justice series; 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.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (Sept 21, 2021)

    Contains 9 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/21/2021 at 6:45 PM (EDT)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the five-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    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.

  • Exploring Pretrial Justice: Community Workshop (August 10, 2021)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/10/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    A five-hour introduction to pretrial justice for advocates and other community members.​


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


    Exploring Pretrial Justice Banner

    Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

    Organizers, advocates and community members interested in championing pretrial justice and racial equity... we created this virtual workshop just for you! Join us for an inside look at the front end of the legal system in a casual setting where people’s lived experience is valued. 

    During this five-hour class, we will:

    • Explore the history of pretrial justice through racial lens;
    • Investigate and explain the roles and power of system stakeholders;
    • Articulate and illustrate history’s influence on present day practices and policies; 
    • Analyze current controversies in pretrial decision making; and
    • Identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work.

    Cost: FREE, but space is limited to 30 participants. 

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    When registering, you will be asked to briefly describe your work and why you are interested in taking this workshop. 

    We look forward to you joining us!


    *This workshop a beginner's overview of pretrial justice intended for community members. System professionals and others seeking a more advanced curriculum, please check out our Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice offerings.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    Cherise Fanno Burdeenhas 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.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course (Summer 2021)

    Contains 8 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/14/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This six-week virtual course offers deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    SUMMER SESSION
    July 14 - August 25, 2021

    Gather the knowledge and tools you need to make the greatest impact in your work by registering for our newly revamped Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: This intensive course offers a deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens. Participants will critique local policies and practices; discuss how the field is evolving through litigation, research, and advocacy efforts; assess their current system; and articulate next steps for system improvement.

    There are only 30 spots available for this six-week virtual course that combines self-guided learning activities with weekly lessons taught by pretrial experts and robust class discussions. 

    WHO SHOULD ENROLL? Anyone who plays a role in influencing pretrial policy and creating an equitable justice system, including:

    • Professionals working in the pretrial justice system
    • Government and nonprofit leaders and staff
    • Organizers and advocates at the state + national level
    • Elected officials and their staff

    Live sessions meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

    Course Fee: $500

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    If you are looking for the most current, comprehensive, engaging and inclusive opportunity to learn the Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice, please join us!

    John Clark (Moderator)

    Senior Associate, Technical Assistance

    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 Justice series; 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.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (July 13, 2021)

    Contains 9 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/13/2021 at 6:45 PM (EDT)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, July 13, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the five-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    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.

  • Exploring Pretrial Justice: Community Workshop (June 15, 2021)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/15/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    A five-hour introduction to pretrial justice for advocates and other community members.​


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

    Organizers, advocates and community members interested in championing pretrial justice and racial equity... we created this virtual workshop just for you! Join us for an inside look at the front end of the legal system in a casual setting where people’s lived experience is valued. 

    During this five-hour class, we will:

    • Explore the history of pretrial justice through racial lens;
    • Investigate and explain the roles and power of system stakeholders;
    • Articulate and illustrate history’s influence on present day practices and policies; 
    • Analyze current controversies in pretrial decision making; and
    • Identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work.

    Cost: FREE, but space is limited to 30 participants. 

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    When registering, you will be asked to briefly describe your work and why you are interested in taking this workshop. 

    We look forward to you joining us!


    *This workshop a beginner's overview of pretrial justice intended for community members. System professionals and others seeking a more advanced curriculum, please check out our Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice offerings.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Cherise Fanno Burdeen

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    Cherise Fanno Burdeenhas 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.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.

  • Fundamentals Of Pretrial Justice: One-day Workshop (May 4, 2021)

    Contains 9 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/04/2021 at 6:45 PM (EDT)

    A five-hour overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    Tuesday, March 4, 2021
    11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET


    This intermediate, one-day workshop provides a high-level overview of pretrial legal foundations and best practices through a racial equity lens — for people in a hurry! Great for busy justice system professionals, government and nonprofit leaders (and their staff), community advocates and anyone who influences pretrial policies and practices. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    ● Describe the legal requirements and foundational research of pretrial justice 

    ● Analyze strategies to maximize pretrial liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance 

    ● Assess local pretrial systems and their alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes

    ● Begin to identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work

    In addition to the five-hour course, participants will have access to reading materials and resources through the University of Pretrial.

    Course Fee: $125

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Meghan Guevara

    Executive Partner, PJI

    Meghan Guevara is an Executive Partner with the Pretrial Justice Institute, where she serves as a member of the leadership team and oversees PJI’s learning communities and technical assistance efforts. She has spent 20 years providing training and technical assistance to criminal justice and human services professionals engaged in systemic justice system reform.

    At PJI, she works with elected officials, advocates, policymakers and practitioners in pursuit of safe, fair, and equitable pretrial systems. Meghan began her career as a health educator working with young people in the youth justice and child welfare systems. She received a Master of Public Health degree in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University.

    Tenille Patterson

    Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice Institute

    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.

  • Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course (Spring 2021)

    Contains 8 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/07/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This six-week virtual course offers deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens.


    Please use a current browser like Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox to register and attend the course. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and other older browsers are not supported. Windows 10, or a current version of the MacOS, are the preferred operating systems that will provide the best possible experience.


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    SPRING SESSION
    April 7 - May 19, 2021

    Gather the knowledge and tools you need to make the greatest impact in your work by registering for our newly revamped Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice: Six-Week Course.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: This intensive course offers a deep dive into the legal foundations and best practices in pretrial justice through a racial equity lens. Participants will critique local policies and practices; discuss how the field is evolving through litigation, research, and advocacy efforts; assess their current system; and articulate next steps for system improvement.

    There are only 30 spots available for this six-week virtual course that combines self-guided learning activities with weekly lessons taught by pretrial experts and robust class discussions. 

    WHO SHOULD ENROLL? Anyone who plays a role in influencing pretrial policy and creating an equitable justice system, including:

    • Professionals working in the pretrial justice system
    • Government and nonprofit leaders and staff
    • Organizers and advocates at the state + national level
    • Elected officials and their staff

    Live sessions meet on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET.

    Course Fee: $500

    Got questions? Email Wendy Blackwell at blackwell@pretrial.org.

    If you are looking for the most current, comprehensive, engaging and inclusive opportunity to learn the Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice, please join us!

    John Clark (Moderator)

    Senior Associate, Technical Assistance

    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 Justice series; 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.

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune

    Senior Associate, PJI

    Wendy Blackwell Fortune has joined PJI as a Senior Associate, where she will lead PJI’s portfolio of interactive learning events. Prior to joining PJI, Wendy was the Director of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), where she developed capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Previously, Wendy served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Museum, where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Wendy championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

    Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and shared her passion at CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency. She is also an award-winning teacher. Wendy and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U.S. White House.

    Wendy is a mother of two who enjoys being a textile artist and leading programs with children in her spare time. She is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities to children ages 5-12 in West Baltimore.

    Zaria Davis

    Senior Associate, Advocacy & Community Engagement

    Contact: zaria@pretrial.org

    Dr. Zaria Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Zaria served as Executive Director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, OH for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Zaria has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.

    A graduate of Wilberforce University, Zaria holds a bachelor of the arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Zaria is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead to change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O'Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).

    Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Zaria continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.