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Communications and Community Engagement Toolkit - PJI 2019

It is an update to our previous work supporting communications across a variety of mediums at the national, state and local level


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Communications Advice for Courts in a Crisis (or Undergoing Reform)

As anyone familiar with Smart Pretrial can tell you, PJI views effective communications as an essential component of system change. Beth Riggert, Communications Counsel for the Supreme Court of Missouri, makes a similar case in an article titled "Controlling the Message in Times of Court Challenges," in the National Center for State Courts' newly released Trends in State Courts . Riggert's focus is on court communications in crises, but her advice applies as well to efforts to improve a system—to give a favorite example: when taking steps to replace money bail with decisions based on risk.

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Pretrial Bootcamp Handouts - Pi-Con 2017

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Are You Ready to Talk?

We are also offering media “office hours” with our vice president of Communications & Engagement—individual and small-group time to craft messages or develop communications strategies around pretrial on Wednesday, October 24, from noon to 1 p.m

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2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2006-2010 2020 Updated Position on Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools Keywords:#SmartPretrial | #Pretrial Assessment | #Racial Justice What's Happening in Pretrial Justice, formerly Where Pretrial Improvements Are Happening Keywords: #Implementation | #Legislation 2019 Smarter Solutions: Responding to Technical Violations Keywords:#SmartPretrial | #Research Data Scan of Pretrial Practices Keywords: #Implementation | #Research Data | #PretrialServices A Racial Equity Transformation: PJI's Rationale July 2019 Keywords: #RacialJustice | #Bail | #PretrialServices Communications and Community Engagement Toolkit Keywords: #Communications Response to Krahl Keywords: #Bail Santa Clara Case Study: Using Technology and Innovation to Improve Client Contact Keywords: #SmartPretrial | #Bail | #PretrialServices Smarter Pretrial Solutions: Procedural Justice Keywords: #RacialJustice | #SmartPretrial Smarter Pretrial Solutions: Responding to Technical Violations Keywords: #RacialJustice | #SmartPretrial This Ain't Justice Keywords: #RacialJustice | #SmartPretrial | #Bail | #PretrialServices 2018 Estimating the Costs of Implementing Pretrial Assessment and Monitoring Services Keywords: #Implementation | #Pretrial Assessment False Equivalence: Local, State, and Federal Detainees Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data | #Policy Forging New Traditions in Pretrial Excellence: Allegheny County Pretrial Services (PA) Increases Pretrial Fairness and Safety Keywords: #PretrialServices | #ResearchData PJI Research Advisory Committee Keywords: #Research Data Pretrial Justice and the State Courts Initiative: Pretrial Justice Planning Guide for Courts Keywords: #Implementation | #Judicial The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia: Lessons from Five Decades of Innovation and Growth Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: African-American Poll 2018 Keywords: #RacialJustice | #Bail | #Research Data Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: Florida Poll 2018 Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: Georgia Poll 2018 Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: Latinx Poll 2018 Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: North Carolina 2018 Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: Ohio Poll 2018 Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Support Grows For Pretrial Justice Reform Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Texas Voters Want Commonsense Pretrial Justice Reform Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data Top Takeaways from Smart Pretrial in Yakima County, Washington Keywords: #SmartPretrial | #Research Data Understanding SB10: What the New Law May Mean for Californians Keywords: #Bail | #Research Data 2017 Courtroom First Appearance Observation Template Keywords: #Bail | #Judicial Enhancing Pretrial Justice in Cuyahoga County: Results from a Jail Population Analysis and Judicial Feedback


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Creative Communications - Crisis Communications 101 Fiona Druge, Account Supervisor, Berlin Rosen A pretrial justice crisis -- usually defined by the court and law enforcement community as someone committing a heinous crime while awaiting trial -- can befall even the most prepared agency or organization. This session will help you to identify potential risks and walk through basic communications strategies and tactics to respond to the crisis and protect the integrity of your work and office


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2019 - The Year of PI-Con

At the same time, you’ll also enjoy some new experiences: Tech Theatre, Eggheads (appointments with our experts for specific problem solving), and Creative Communications, just to name a few

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Mama's Day Bail Out, 2018

This year, in addition to working on direct bail out actions, the collective is also providing technical assistance and communications support to groups who want to join the movement to end money bail and make a difference in their communities


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Respect and Dignity: A Critical Component of Pretrial Justice

SF Pretrial also began including principles of procedural justice in their staff training, emphasizing eye contact, engaged demeanor, openness to questions, and clear communications

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Counsel at First Appearance - NLADA 2020

From the NLADA website: Providing quality representation by counsel at an accused individual’s first appearance before a judicial officer (counsel at first appearance, or “CAFA”) is a key component of effective pretrial justice that local and state governments should implement. CAFA has been...

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Focus Search - These elements include reasonable time and a private space to confer with clients prior to the pretrial hearing, time to prepare the case, fair discovery practices, and privacy in attorney-client communications. 3 The case for jurisdictions across the country to provide counsel at first appearance is compelling on multiple levels


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Ohio Could Save Big By Implementing Bail Reform: A Fiscal Impact Analysis - ACLU 2020

Ohio Could Save Big By Implementing Bail Reform: A Fiscal Impact Analysis estimates that ending wealth-based detention would save the state $199 to $265 million annually. The report, from the ACLU of Ohio, also found that in all four jurisdictions that were analyzed, Athens, Cuyahoga, Franklin...

ACLUofOhio_OhioCouldSaveBigByImplementingBailReform-AFiscalImpactAnalysis_2020-0913.pdf


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Incarceration During a Pandemic: Trends in Tennessee's Jail Populations - ACLU 2020

The ACLU of Tennessee released a new report, examining changes in total jail population and pretrial population in response to the threat of COVID-19. From December 2019 to April 2020, 64 of 120 facilities decreased their jail populations; by the end of April, one-quarter of facilities were...

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Scan of Pretrial Practices - PJI 2019

Since its inception as the Pretrial Services Resource Center (PSRC) in 1977, the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has conducted a scan of practices approximately every ten years (1979, 1989, 2001, 2009). This 2019 Scan is our fifth scan of pretrial practices. For the 2019 Scan of Pretrial...

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Focus Search - 28 Following Best Practices for Pretrial Assessment Tool Usage ..............................................28 Looking Back Ten Years: Validation ................................................................................29 Using Outcomes from Assessment Tools to Guide Conditions of Release ............................29 Figure 3.4: Application of Pretrial Assessment Tool by Population Density ...........................30 Validation ..................................................................................................................30 Key Measurements: Distribution of Levels and Concurrence Rates .....................................31 Table 3.1: Availability of Data on Pretrial Assessment ........................................................31 Figure 3.5: Validation of Pretrial Assessment Tool by Population Density .............................31 Section 4: First Appearance and Detention Hearings .................................................32 Section 4 Takeaways ....................................................................................................32 Characteristics of First Appearance ................................................................................33 Figure 4.1: Options Available at First Appearance ............................................................33 Looking Back Ten Years: Victim Notification.....................................................................33 Figure 4.2: Protective Measures for Victims by Population Density .....................................34 Victim Notification and Protections ................................................................................34 Looking Back Ten Years: Presence of Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys ............................34 Profile of Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys at First Appearance ......................................34 Looking Back: Bail Reviews by Pretrial Services Programs .................................................35 Figure 4.3: Average Time Between First Appearance and Detention Hearings by Population Density ......................................................35 Detention Hearings .....................................................................................................36 Looking Back Ten Years: Tracking Rearrest Rate ................................................................36 Bond Review Hearings .................................................................................................36 Figure 4.4: Availability of Bond Review (All Counties) .......................................................37 Key Measurements: Public Safety Rate ...........................................................................37 5 SCAN OF PRETRIAL PRACTICES 2019 Section 5: Supervision and Support Services ............................................................38 Section 5 Takeaways ....................................................................................................38 Pretrial Services and Supervision ...................................................................................39 Table 5.1: Duties of Pretrial Services ...............................................................................39 Looking Back Ten Years: Information Provided to Courts ...................................................40 Court Reminders .........................................................................................................40 Figure 5.1: Percentage of Counties with Some Form of Court Date Notification by Population Density ............................................40 Looking Back Ten Years: Pretrial Services Functions ..........................................................41 Failure to Appear and Technical Violations ......................................................................41 Key Measurement: Technical Violations, Readmissions and Pretrial Success Rates ................41 Looking Back Ten Years: Response to Failures to Appear ...................................................42 Table 5.2: Tracking Data on Technical Violations, Readmission Rates on Technical Violations and Pretrial Success Rates ..................42 Section 6: Community ...........................................................................................43 Section 6 Takeaways ....................................................................................................43 Community-Based and Coordinated Entities ...................................................................44 Figure 6.1: Presence of Community Entities by Population Density .....................................44 Table 6.1: Availability of Training and Education (All Counties) ...........................................44 Training and Education ................................................................................................45 Communications Resources ..........................................................................................45 Figure 6.2: Availability of Communications Strategies or Resources (All Counties) ................45 Conclusion .................................................................................................................46 Appendices .........................................................................................................48 Appendix A - List of Counties and Cities .........................................................................48 Appendix B - Complete Methodology ...........................................................................50 Appendix C - Figures and Graphs ..................................................................................52 Citations .............................................................................................................63 6 SCAN OF PRETRIAL PRACTICES 2019 Executive Summary Since 2009, the year of PJIs last survey of pretrial practices and policies, interest in pretrial justice has increased exponentially


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Beyond the Adversarial System: Achieving the Challenge - APA & NLADA 2018

On April 10-11, 2017, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) hosted a joint meeting that brought together four chief defenders and four prosecutors from across the country who are participating in the Safety and Justice...

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Focus Search - An essential component to preparing for a potential communications crisis is to proactively and positively engage with the media and work with them to raise public awareness when reform is going well. Prosecutors and defenders should bring in a media expert on crisis communications to help develop a unified response plan in case of an event that could cast a negative light on reform



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Letter to Governor DeSantis Regarding COVID-19 Response - SPLC 2020

A broad alliance of groups representing unions, PTAs, churches, legal services organizations and non-profits sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis, outlining 17 major practice considerations to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on people in jails and prisons.

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Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform (11): Promoting and Sustaining Detention Reforms - JDAI 2001

This publication of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative discusses how sites implemented successful juvenile detention reform in their jurisdictions. #JuvenileDetention #Implementation

Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform (11) Promoting and Sustaining Detention Reforms - JDAI 2001.pdf


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Recommendations of the 2011 National Symposium on Pretrial Justice - PJI

This document summarizes the recommendations from the 2011 National Symposium on Pretrial Justice. It is divided into 6 sets of recommendations aimed at specific groups, including recommendations for stakeholder groups, policy and practice enhancement, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP),...

Recommendations of the 2011 National Symposium on Pretrial Justice - PJI.pdf


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Letter to Governor Edwards Regarding COVID-19 Response - Promise of Justice Initiative 2020

The Promise of Justice Initiative and 19 other organizations sent a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards, urging the governor and state officials to create a comprehensive plan to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. The Promise of Justice...

Coalition-Letter-to-Governor-Edwards-re-COVID-19-Prevention-and-Protection-in-Louisiana-Facilities.pdf