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  • Recorded On: 10/02/2020

    Join us for the October First Friday Forum for a conversation with April Frazier Camara of the Black Public Defender Association and Raj Jayadev from Silicon Valley De-Bug on Community Supports + Public Defense. We'll be discussing what people need to be successful while their case is pending, the role that defense attorneys can play in meeting those needs, and how support can be provided in the community, by the community.

  • Recorded On: 09/11/2020

    For a decade, PJI's engagement around police reform was limited to the idea of an expanded use of pre-arrest diversion and citations in lieu of custodial arrest. The idea, of course, was that the fewer people needlessly booked into the jail, the less chance they would have of being impacted by money bond, onerous supervision requirements, and now risk assessment. But the events of this year have asked us to think more deeply about policing reforms versus defunding the police. Even if other systems —health care, child welfare, employment, housing — were fully funded, are they free of systemic racism and ready to take over? Join us for a lively debate about the history of the police, the impact of militarization, and for those of us working on pretrial justice, where we might plug in to the calls for a radical reimagining of policing.

  • Recorded On: 08/19/2020

    How do we honor the presumption of innocence while dealing with violence between people? Harm between people is the “property” of the state – they bring the charges, they decide the fate, they issue the punishment. Over the decades, a focus on victims’ rights – particularly around victims of intimate partner violence – has meant harsher laws with harsher punishment, rather than a centering of accountability inside those relationships and to provide what’s needed to restore people – all of them. In this next edition of Policing Black Bodies, we are going to talk about interpersonal violence in the context of pretrial justice. In addition to Drs. Hattery and Smith we will be joined by special guests who will help us rethink the causes of interpersonal violence, our status quo solutions, how to balance the accused’s liberty and the harmed person’s right to be free from fear.

  • Recorded On: 08/10/2020

    COVID-19 continues to overwhelm jails across the country. Join us for the August First Friday Forum for a look at how civil rights groups and defenders are responding, through filing lawsuits over failures to provide basic sanitation supplies and medical care, and creating motion banks for challenging pretrial detention. We will also discuss how Black Lives Matter protesters are being treated in the criminal legal system, and what communities are doing to change that.

  • Recorded On: 07/31/2020

    The events unfolding across our nation today renew a long-standing call for fundamental changes to our nation’s institutions. While today’s cries echo the protests following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and so many other Black people killed by the police—and the hopes expressed during the marches of the Civil Rights Movement—the story of race, racism, and white privilege in America has its roots firmly planted in over 400 years of history. Only by fully understanding our nation’s legacy of chattel slavery we can begin to combat the current social structures that perpetuate institutional racism.

  • Recorded On: 06/05/2020

    To mitigate catastrophic outbreaks of COVID-19 in custodial settings, justice system stakeholders across the nation have collaborated to significantly and rapidly reduce the number of people brought into the justice system and held pretrial, although much work remains to be done. Join PJI for a conversation on what this looks like in action from the prosecutor's and sheriff's perspective.

  • Recorded On: 03/06/2020

    With COVID-19 causing interruptions, cancellations, and quarantines, we wanted to take some time to share with you some practical ways to advance pretrial justice from wherever you may find yourself. Join PJI for an informal conversation about strategies we have found beneficial when working remotely, facilitating online events, and how we might be able to help you!

  • Recorded On: 03/06/2020

    Along with various partners, the ACLU of Oklahoma recently filed a lawsuit against Canadian County, Oklahoma for their bail practices and treatment of individuals with disabilities pretrial. This groundbreaking case centers the unique needs of individuals with disabilities within a system that according to the complaint is, "violating well-established constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection." Join Zoe Brennan-Krohn of the ACLU, Talila "TL" Lewis, founder of HEARD, and Amber Smock of Access Living, a Strategic Ally in the Safety and Justice Challenge, for a conversation about the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities within the pretrial justice system. This forum will have live captioning as well as a certified ASL interpreter, thanks to AccessLiving

  • Recorded On: 02/27/2020

    In December of 2019, North Carolina's 21st Judicial District released a report on a promising bail reform project that went into effect on January 1, 2019. Join PJI's John Clark as he sits down with Jessie Smith, Director of the Criminal Justice Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina and Chief District Court Judge Lisa Menefee of North Carolina's 21st Judicial District to talk about this project.

  • Recorded On: 02/09/2020

    With voting top of mind, due to 2020 being an election year, we are starting the year off with our First Friday Forum focused on voting rights. Join Robert Patillo, Executive Director, The Peachtree Street Project of Rainbow/Push Coalition, Illinois State Senator, Omar Aquino, and Lake County, IL Sheriff John Idleburg for a conversation about their efforts around ensuring voting rights, access, and representation for individuals who are incarcerated.