Event Catalog


June 2018


Pre-arrest Diversion: Is it part of your pretrial justice strategy?

June 7, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (ET)

One of the best ways to prevent individuals with behavioral health needs from ever entering the front door of the justice system is to divert them into community-based services. Join PJI's Sue Ferrere with special guests as they discuss how pre-arrest diversion can be integrated into your pretrial justice strategy.
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A WorldWide View of Pretrial Detention

Cruel and Unusual Punishment (Before Trial): A WorldWide View of Pretrial Detention and Money Bond

June 25, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)

Each night, 3 million people around the world are being held in pretrial detention, 16% of those in the US (despite our having only 5% of the world's population). Recently the UN Report on poverty and human rights found that the US uses criminalization to conceal underlying poverty problems. Is there anything to be learned about how other countries - having 95% of the world's population but only 84% of the pretrial detention - administer pretrial justice? Join us for a discussion about the policies and practices from around the world - and let's see what we can learn.
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Choosing the Right Pretrial Assessment

When: June 26, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

Developers of evidence-based pretrial assessment tools analyze data to identify factors that correlate with pretrial failure. Pretrial assessment tools should be re-tested on a regular basis to ensure they remain valid for the population on which they are used. In this session, PJI's John Clark will be joined by special guests to discuss what goes into choosing the pretrial assessment that's right for your jurisdiction.
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July 2018


Responding to Violations: New Approaches in Lucas & Mecklenburg Counties

When: July 24, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

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 will join us to share some new approaches to responding to technical violations.
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August 2018


First Friday Forum - Pretrial Justice Without Money Bail

When: August 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Join PJI and special guests as we discuss how to make pretrial systems work without the use of money bail.
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We've Chosen an Assessment, Now What?

When: August 8, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)

Deciding on an assessment tool is an important first step in improving pretrial practices in your jurisdiction. In this session we'll talk about creating an effective and transparent decision-making framework to make the most of the assessment.
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Fundamentals of Pretrial Justice Fall 2018

This six-week course is an intensive introduction to the basics of pretrial justice, including legal foundations, pretrial decision making throughout the pretrial process, and building effective pretrial systems. The course includes weekly live interactions with PJI faculty and guest speakers, an online community space for discussion with classmates, and self-directed assignments and activities to complete on your own schedule. 

September 26th    Welcome and Orientation
October 3rd The State of Pretrial Justice
October 10th Legal Foundations and History of Pretrial
October 17th Enhancing Opportunities for Early Decision Making
October 24th Bringing Science to Pretrial Justice: Actuarial Pretrial Assessment Tools & Promoting Pretrial Success
October 31st Effective Bail Hearings
November 7th Assessing and Enhancing Your System

This course is ideal for professionals new to pretrial, policymakers seeking a better understanding of pretrial justice concepts, or those exploring options to improve the efficacy of their pretrial system. Participants are asked to invest 4 to 6 hours per week in the course, and in that time will enjoy the benefit of experienced faculty, extensive resources, a small class size, and a curriculum focused on real-world applications. 

Faculty:  John Clark and Sue Ferrere

Course Dates:   Course runs from September 26th through November 7th. Live sessions occur weekly on Wednesdays at 2 pm Eastern starting September 26th. 

Cost: Regular: $400 - Contact Meghan Guevara (meghan@pretrial.org) for information on group discounts.



Enjoyed the live sessions and opportunity to interface with other professionals in the pretrial field.
I found that I got value out of everything that we were assigned to do... I also found it a good opportunity to reflect on how we do things and how we can change things for the better.
“Interesting and Refreshing Learning Experience”

Pretrial Justice: The Role of Law Enforcement 

Sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, these on-demand e-learning modules are tailored to law enforcement leaders and frontline officers. Topics include the law and research underlying pretrial justice as well as strategies improve victim and community safety, maximize court appearance, and target jail resources to the highest risk defendants.
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Cost: Free

Welcome to the University of Pretrial!

This recorded webcast offers a tour of the University of Pretrial, including the community, upcoming events, and the library. Ideal for new members or anyone with questions about what UP has to offer.
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Cost: Free

Moving Beyond Money Webcast

PJI's Dianne Beer-Maxwell sits down with Larry Schwartztol, Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School. Larry shares highlights from CJPP's new publication, Moving Beyond Money: A Primer on Bail Reform, and discuss the implications for systems that are struggling with questions around money bond. 
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Cost: Free