Pretrial 101

When:  Mar 13, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pretrial 101 is an intensive, one-day training on pretrial law, research, policy, and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore key concepts, engage in discussions with colleagues from around the country, assess the functioning of their current systems, and leave with concrete ideas for next steps. If you are new to this issue, want to brush up on the fundamentals, or need a warm-up before diving into PI-Con, this training is for you.  You do not need to be a PI-Con attendee to participate in this event; registration is open to anyone who is interested.


Regular: $125
PI-Con Attendee: $75



Lodging at the convention rate of $150/night is available at the Grand Hyatt Regency through February 26th.
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  • Meghan Guevara, Vice President, Innovation and Impact, Pretrial Justice Institute
  • John Clark, Senior Technical Assistance Manager, Pretrial Justice Institute
  • Sue Ferrere, Technical Assistance Manager, Pretrial Justice Institute

Agenda and Learning Objectives

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m.  Welcome/Introductions/Course Overview
8:15 a.m. 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
9:15 a.m. Legal Foundations & History of Pretrial  
  • Define bail, bond, and key legal terms
  • Articulate the genesis of those key terms and concepts
  • Analyze the relevance of constitutional provisions, federal statute, and case law to pretrial policy
11:00 a.m.   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 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. Enhancing Early Decision Making Continued
2:00 p.m.  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
3:30 p.m.  Effective Bail Hearings
  • Discuss the role of the defense and prosecution at the initial bail hearing
  • Analyze how judges can incorporate pretrial assessment and management into bail decisions guided by system collaboration
  • Prepare participants for PI-Con bail hearing simulation
4:00 p.m.  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
5:00 p.m. Adjourn




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Dianne Beer-Maxwell