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WINTER SESSION January 19 - March 2, 2022
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.
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, Pretrial Justice Institute
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.
Associate, Youth Justice Communities
Pretrial Justice Institute
As a former foster youth and child of a formerly incarcerated parent, Shavonte has spent over a decade of her career using her life experiences to support her work in advancing systemic solutions to the distinct challenges and barriers that system-involved youth and their families face. Her background includes working as a case manager for homeless youth and families as well as many years serving as a peer and professional advocate for current and former foster youth. Most recently she served as the Georgia Assistant State Coordinator for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).
She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from San Francisco State University and a juris doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. While in law school she interned at multiple public interest nonprofits serving low income residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. She continues to use her life experience to mentor and empower young people in her community.
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