Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice - Summer 2020

Includes a Live Event on 07/21/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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July 7-Aug 17, 2020
An Online, Instructor-Led Course

The Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice is a six-week online course that incorporates self-guided learning and interaction with instructors and classmates.  This course will provide an overview of pretrial justice, its legal foundations, the latest research, and policies and practices that maximize liberty, equity, safety, and court appearance.  The course integrates systems and community perspectives to evaluate pretrial decision points and identify opportunities for safe, fair and equitable outcomes. You will have the opportunity to critically examine your own pretrial system through interactive exercises, as well as the opportunity to learn from fellow students engaged in pretrial system change efforts.

This course is ideal for those who play a role in pretrial system improvement, including elected officials and their staff, government and nonprofit leaders and staff working in pretrial systems, and organizers and advocates at the local and national level.  This course is best suited for those who have an interest or role in influencing pretrial policy. The course assumes a basic working knowledge of the court system.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, 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 a local pretrial system and its alignment with the law and research, including a focus on equitable practices and outcomes.
  • Identify next steps for pretrial system improvement in your own work.

Course Structure

Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice is a blended learning course that combines self-guided learning activities, online class discussion, and live online sessions with faculty. Live sessions meet weekly on Tuesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET.

Participants should expect to dedicate about five hours per week on assignments, readings, and live sessions.

Most course activities can be completed on your schedule, at your own pace.  Full participation in the course will require access to a computer with high-speed internet, a webcam, and either computer speakers and a microphone or a phone line.


Questions? Please email up@pretrial.org

Sue Ferrere (Moderator)

Director of Impact

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.

John Clark (Moderator)

Senior Associate, 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.

Wendy C. Blackwell

Senior Associate, PJI

Wendy Camilla Blackwell 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.

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Welcome & Orientation (July 7)
Orientation Recording
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Session 1: The State of Pretrial Justice (July 14)
Session One Roadmap: The State of Pretrial Justice
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource.
eLearning: 1.1 Achieving Pretrial Justice
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package.
eLearning: 1.2 Equity & Pretrial Justice
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Begin self-paced component package.
eLearning: 1.3 The Role of Money in Undermining Pretrial Justice
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Begin self-paced component package.
Quiz Time (Session 1)
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/3 points to pass
Detaining the Poor, Prison Policy Initiative, 2016
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From Bondage to Bail Bonds: Putting a Price on Freedom in New Orleans - The Data Center 2018
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New Jersey Courts 2018 Report to the Governor and Legislature on Criminal Justice Reform (2019)
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Session One Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail
Session One Live Discussion Recording
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Session 2: Enhancing Early Decision Making (July 21)
Session Two Roadmap: Enhancing Early Decision Making
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Open to download resource.
eLearning: Enhancing Early Decision Making
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Begin self-paced component package.
Citation in Lieu of Arrest - IACP & LJAF 2016
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Pre-Arrest Diversion: Pathway to Community Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative - PTAC 2017
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Early Appointment of Counsel - 6AC_PJI 2014
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What's Next, SF? LEADing the Way to Treatment and Recovery
Recorded 05/18/2020
Recorded 05/18/2020
The Myth of Legal Leverage? CCI, 2020
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Session Two Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail
Session Two Live Discussion Forum
07/21/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/21/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
Session 3: Legal Foundations & Recent Litigation (July 28)
Session Three Roadmap: Legal Foundations and Recent Litigation
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Open to download resource.
eLearning: Legal Foundations of Bail & Recent Litigation
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Begin self-paced component package.
Fundamentals of Bail: A Resource Guide for Pretrial Practitioners and a Framework for American Pretrial Reform - NIC 2014
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Select the "Read" button to begin. Just read Chapters 3 and 6
Identifying Your Bail Laws - PJI 2020
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Open to download resource.
Session Three Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail
Session Three Live Discussion Forum
07/28/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/28/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
Session 4: Conducting Fair Bail and Detention Hearings (August 4)
Session Four Roadmap: Conducting Fair Bail and Detention Hearings
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Open to download resource.
eLearning: Conducting Fair Bail and Detention Hearings
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Begin self-paced component package.
Pretrial Issues in Procedural Justice,​ Pretrial Justice Institute, 2019
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Model Bail Laws: Redrawing the Line Between Pretrial Release and Detention​, Timothy R. Schanke, 2017
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Select the "Read" button to begin. ​Just read pages 31-44 on the pretrial release and detention decisions.
Session Four Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail
Session Four Live Discussion Forum
08/04/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
08/04/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
Session 5: Promoting Pretrial Success (August 11)
Session Five Roadmap: Promoting Pretrial Success
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Open to download resource.
eLearning: 5.1 Pretrial Risk Assessment
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Begin self-paced component package.
eLearning: 5.2 Strategies to Support Release
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Begin self-paced component package.
Updated Position on Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools - PJI 2020
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The Use of Pretrial "Risk Assessment" Instruments: A Shared Statement of Civil Rights Concerns - Leadership Conference 2018
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After Cash Bail: A Framework for Reimagining Pretrial Justice
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Use of Court Date Reminder Notices to Improve Court Appearance Rates - PJCC 2017
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Using Behavioral Science to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes: Preventing Failures to Appear in Court - Cooke et al 2018
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Session Five Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail
Session Five Live Discussion
08/11/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
08/11/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
Session 6: Assessing and Enhancing Your System (August 18)
Session Six Roadmap: Assessing and Enhancing Your System
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Open to download resource.
Pretrial System Self Assessment
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Open to download resource.
eLearning: Implementing System Enhancements
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Begin self-paced component package.
Vision for Justice 2020 and Beyond: A New Paradigm for Public Safety - Leadership Conf & Civil Rights Corps 2019
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Select the "Read" button to begin. J​ust read the Introduction, pages 2-6, and Plank 2, pages 15-18.
Session Six Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail
Session Six Live Discussion
08/18/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
08/18/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes