Pretrial Bootcamp (Fall - Sacramento, CA)

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Welcome to Pretrial Bootcamp! This intensive, 2.5-day course will provide an overview of pretrial justice, its legal foundations, and the latest research. The course takes a systems perspective that addresses key pretrial decision points and the system actors that play a role in decision making. You will have the opportunity to critically examine your own pretrial systems through interactive exercises, as well as the opportunity to learn from practitioners engaged in pretrial system change efforts.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the legal principles and foundational research of pretrial justice
  • Apply strategies to maximize pretrial success, minimize failures to appear, and minimize unnecessary use of jail
  • Assess your pretrial system and its alignment with legal and evidence-based practices
  • Identify next steps to make your system more safe, fair, and effective

When: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2019
Day 1 (9/30): 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Day 2 (10/1): 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Day 3 (10/2): 8:00 - 3:00 p.m.

CPOC Training Room
1415 L Street,  Suite 780 (7th floor)
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cost: $500

Course Completion Requirements                                       

Pretrial Bootcamp is a course for professionals, and all participants enter the course with different levels of baseline knowledge and experience, and different goals for the course. As a result, we anticipate that everyone will focus their energy in different places, and will apply the content in different ways. Therefore, the course requirements focus mainly on engagement with the material and with each other. To receive a certificate of completion for the course, participants must:

  • Complete the course pre-assignment
  • Complete pre-course readings
  • Participate fully in classroom activities
  • Complete the course evaluation

Certificates will indicate that the participant completed a 20.5 hour course, inclusive of classroom time and pre-course activities. The course has not been certified for continuing education credits. If any participants who wish to seek continuing education credits independently, this syllabus should contain the necessary information for submission, but if additional information is needed please contact us at

Your Learning Experience 

This course is designed to meet the needs of diverse professionals in pretrial justice, but everyone’s interests and needs are different. You are encouraged to bring your perspective and needs to the conversation to ensure that this course will be useful and applicable to you and your work. Ask questions, challenge the faculty and your colleagues, and make the most of the course!

Sue Ferrere (Moderator)

Director of Impact


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.

Zaria Davis (Moderator)

Senior Associate, Innovation & Impact

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.


Pre-Course Reading
Pretrial Bootcamp Orientation (Virtual)
09/24/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
09/24/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
Pre-Course Assignment
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail Pretrial policies and practices vary from state to state in part because of differing constitutional and statutory frameworks. Knowing your own state’s framework is essential to understanding what practices are legal and permissible (as well as identifying opportunities for state-level policy change). Prior to your arrival at Bootcamp, please review your state’s constitutional and statutory provisions on bail and preventive detention. Send the faculty a brief summary by uploading a file here.
Day One (Sept. 30, 2019)
09/30/2019 at 12:00 PM (PDT)   |  5 hours, 30 minutes  |  Attendance Required
09/30/2019 at 12:00 PM (PDT)   |  5 hours, 30 minutes  |  Attendance Required Parking Information: Nearby Parking Garage: 1500 K Garage 1500 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Current Rate - $24 daily Agenda 12:00 pm PDT Course Registration 1:00 pm Welcome/Introductions/Course Overview 1:30 pm The State of Pretrial Justice - Define pretrial justice and its goals - Describe how those goals are being met nationally - Describe the consequences of failing to meet the goals - Articulate the issues facing pretrial justice today 4:00 pm Legal Foundations & History of Pretrial - Define bail, bond, and key legal terms - Articulate the genesis of those key terms and concepts 5:30 pm Adjourn; Dinner on Your Own
Day Two (Oct. 1, 2019)
10/01/2019 at 8:00 AM (PDT)   |  9 hours  |  Attendance Required
10/01/2019 at 8:00 AM (PDT)   |  9 hours  |  Attendance Required Parking Information: Nearby Parking Garage: 1500 K Garage 1500 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Current Rate - $24 daily 8:00 am Legal Foundations & History of Pretrial continued - Analyze the relevance of constitutional provisions, federal statute, and case law to pretrial policy - Identify the bail laws of your jurisdiction 9:30 am Enhancing Early Decision Making - Articulate the pretrial decision points - Describe how citation and release strategies can be applied by law enforcement - Identify opportunities for diversion at points of arrest and booking - Discuss the connection between pretrial practices and jail utilization - Articulate the rationale for review of charges by an experienced prosecutor - Identify opportunities to for diversion at the points of charge and plea 12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own) 1:00 pm Pretrial Assessment and Promoting Success - Describe the purpose of pretrial assessment - Summarize the research underlying actuarial assessment tools - Describe how a pretrial system that uses actuarial assessment tools functions - Articulate a continuum of management strategies to promote pretrial success - Compare and contrast a legal and evidence-based approach with student’s current practices 5:00 pm Adjourn; Dinner on Your Own
Day Three (Oct. 2, 2019)
10/02/2019 at 8:00 AM (PDT)   |  7 hours  |  Attendance Required
10/02/2019 at 8:00 AM (PDT)   |  7 hours  |  Attendance Required Parking Information: Nearby Parking Garage: 1500 K Garage 1500 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Current Rate - $24 daily 8:00 am Effective Bail Hearings - Discuss the role of the defense and prosecution at the initial bail hearing - Critique a bail hearing - Analyze how judges can incorporate pretrial assessment and management into bail decisions guided by system collaboration - Demonstrate what a legal and evidence-based bail hearing would look like 11:00 am Assessing and Enhancing Your System - Conduct a self-assessment of your system - Assess alignment of systems with legal and evidence-based practices and national pretrial standards 12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own) 1:00 pm Beyond Bootcamp - Identify opportunities for next steps and system enhancement in your own jurisdiction - Examine the national pretrial landscape 3:00 pm Adjourn
Pretrial Bootcamp (Fall - Sacramento, CA) Course Evaluation
6 Questions
6 Questions Please complete this three-minute course evaluation to provide us with feedback on your experience.
Certificate of Completion
20.50 credits  |  Certificate available
20.50 credits  |  Certificate available In order to receive your certificate you must complete the following: - Pre-course assignment - Participation in all day one activities - Participation in all day two activities - Participation in all day three activities - Course evaluation