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Policy Statement on Pretrial Justice - APA 2011

The policy statement of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys emphasizes the availability of accurate pretrial information and the use of a validated risk assessment

Policy Statement on Pretrial Justice - APA.pdf


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Joint Defender Statement on Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments - updated 2019

This 2019 statement by the American Council of Chief Defenders, Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association updates its 2017 statement and supports the use of validated pretrial risk assessments with several checks and balances, including data collection, due process protections and input from impacted communities. The statement notes, "There are also concerns that the use of pretrial risk assessment instruments as an alternative to or in conjunction with the use of money bail fails to address existing racial and ethnic bias in the criminal justice system, and those concerns should be used to guide protocols for implementation, data collection and analysis; to identify points in the system which may require amelioration; and to act as the basis for ongoing monitoring by advocates and community groups external to the system."

JOINT STATEMENT - PRETRIAL RISK ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS final March 2019.pdf


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Policy Statement on Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice Practices - NLADA 2011

Because pretrial detention has deleterious effects on client outcomes and disproportionately affects the poor and minorities, the American Council of Chief Defenders' (ACCD) policy statement urges a new commitment by all criminal justice stakeholders to ensure fair and appropriate pretrial release decision‐making

Policy Statement on Fair and Effective Pretrial Justice Practices - NLADA 2011.pdf


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Resolution on Pretrial Supervision - APPA 2010

The 2010 resolution of the American Probation and Parole Association follows from eight summary statements about pretrial justice, and supports the role of pretrial supervision services to enhance both short-term and long-term public safety, provide access to treatment services, and reduce court caseloads

Resolution on Pretrial Supervision - APPA 2010.pdf


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Policy Statement on the Predatory Collection of Costs, Fines, and Fees in America's Criminal Courts - NAPD 2015

This document from the National Association for Public Defense discusses the use of fines, fees, and other costs in the pretrial system that disproportionately impacts poor defendants and defendants of color. The NAPD details the process of money collection in criminal cases and explains why it...

Policy Statement on the Predatory Collection of Costs, Fines, and Fees in America's Criminal Courts - NAPD 2015.pdf




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Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2011

This document is the resolution of the American Jail Association (AJA) on pretrial justice, recognizing the value of superior pretrial services agencies. #PolicyStatement #LawEnforcementJails

Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2011.pdf


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Resolution on the Pretrial Release and Detention Process - IACP 2011

This document contains the resolution of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the pretrial release and detention process that states the need for an enhanced pretrial services through bail reform and risk assessments. #PolicyStatement #LawEnforcementJails

Resolution on the Pretrial Release and Detention Process - IACP 2011 .pdf


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Resolution Endorsing the Conference of State Court Administrators Policy Paper on Evidence-Based Pretrial Release - Conference of Chief Justices 2013

This document contains the resolution of the Conference of Chief Justices advocating for the implementation of evidence-based risk assessments as an alternative to bail in pretrial release. #PolicyStatement #Judicial

Conference of Chief Justices Resolution on Pretrial Justice - 2013.pdf



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American Judges Association Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2017

"...NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the American Judges Association urges court leaders to: 1. promote and support the adoption of evidence-based risk assessment and management in making the bail determination; 2. eliminate practices that cause defendants to remain incarcerated solely...

American Judges Association Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2017.pdf