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Beyond the Algorithm: Pretrial Reform, Risk Assessment, and Racial Fairness
Risk assessments—automated formulas that measure the “risk” a defendant will be rearrested or fail to appear in court—are among the most controversial issues in criminal justice reform. To proponents, they offer a corrective to potentially biased decisions made by individual judges. To opponents, far from disrupting biases, risk assessments are unintentionally amplifying them, only this time under the guise of science.
First Friday Forum - This Ain't Justice: Unintended Consequences of Pretrial Reform
Join the PJI Leadership Team as they discuss problematic pretrial justice practices and policies that erode justice—including excessive conditions, use of non-valid or modified assessment tools, large detention nets and more.
Survey says what?!?! Results from the Scan of Pretrial Practices
Join us for the September First Friday Forum to find out how this 3rd generation of bail reform is taking root in local communities. The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has conducted a national scan of practices approximately every ten years since 1979. The 2019 Scan of Pretrial Practices surveyed counties – from large and urban to small and rural – about their pretrial justice practices. You’ll be simultaneously encouraged and concerned as we share highlights of this soon-to-be-released report.
First Friday Forum - Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, a conversation with gabriel sayegh
New York just passed historic pretrial justice reforms. Join PJI and special guest gabriel sayegh from the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice as we discuss what the 2019 legislation means for the state and future criminal justice reform efforts.
Pretrial Bootcamp (Fall - Sacramento, CA)Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 12:00 AM (EDT)
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.
How We Talk: Research-Based Communications
PJI CEO Cherise Fanno Burdeen will highlight features of the new Communications and Community Engagement Toolkit, designed to empower users to join discussions around pretrial justice reform in the United States with regard to policy, language, and various media and policymaking forums. This toolkit represents an evolution in our thought process to keep pace with fast-moving changes in conversations around mass incarceration and the role of pretrial justice.
First Friday Forum - What's Happening in Pretrial (May 2019)
Pretrial improvements are underway across the country. Join PJI as we provide an update on changing practices, legislation, and litigation efforts, as well as new resources.
Responding to Violations: New Approaches in Lucas & Mecklenburg Counties
In the event that someone fails to adhere to the conditions of his or her release, the supervising agency needs to determine the best course of action to achieve the goals of pretrial release. Representatives from Lucas and Mecklenburg Counties join us to share some new approaches to responding to technical violations.