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Advancing Smart Pretrial: My Remarks from the Smart Suite Summit

The Pretrial Justice Institute is the proud partner on the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative. Launched in 2014 in three competitively selected sites—City and County of Denver, Colorado; Yakima County, Washington; and the State of Delaware, Smart Pretrial is a practical test of the cost savings and public safety enhancements that can be achieved by moving from a pretrial system based on money and money bail, to one that relies on risk assessment to inform pretrial release decision-making

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Smarter Pretrial Solutions: Procedural Justice - PJI 2019

This monograph describes the ways that the values of procedural justice can improve pretrial justice practices, plus an up-close examination of the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project’s efforts to incorporate procedural justice into their client interactions and organizational culture

Smarter Pretrial Solutions_ Procedural Justice - PJI 2019.pdf


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Smart Pretrial Competitive Solicitation for Technical Assistance

The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are partnering to support the implementation of new policies and practices that enhance the quality of the local pretrial justice system through the Smart Pretrial initiative. The goal of this Smart Pretrial Initiative is to provide technical assistance to up to five local jurisdictions in implementing practices consistent with legal and evidence-based pretrial practices

Smart Pretrial Competitive Solicitation for Technical Assistance.pdf


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Outcomes from the Smart Pretrial Initiative - PJI 2017

When the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance added Smart Pretrial to its Smart Suite of programs in 2014, it included the pretrial phase as part of an effort designed to use data-driven, evidence-based approaches to achieve cost savings and public safety at all phases of the criminal justice system. Within the pretrial phase, “3 Ms of Smart Pretrial” emphasized three goals: 1

Outcomes of the Smart Pretrial Initiative- PJI 2017.pdf


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Smarter Pretrial Solutions: Responding to Technical Violations — PJI 2019

Technical violations are not by themselves criminal offenses, but instead are failures to comply with court-ordered conditions of pretrial release such as drug testing

Smarter Pretrial Solutions Technical Violations - PJI 2019.pdf


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Top Takeaways from Smart Pretrial in Yakima County, Washington - PJI 2018

Over the course of three years, as a result of its participation in the Smart Pretrial initiative, a demonstration project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and managed the Pretrial Justice Institute, it transitioned from having very little legal and evidence-based pretrial practices or the requisite supporting resources, to a place where pretrial decision-making is informed, deliberate, and fully integrated into the county’s justice proceedings. This brief provides an overview of how county officials applied the Smart Pretrial principles and methodology to realize these outcomes, as well as perspectives of Judge Richard Bartheld, who led the county’s Smart Pretrial policy team. (For a more detailed discussion, see Yakima County, Washington Pretrial Justice System Improvements: Pre-and Post- Implementation Analysis .) Finding 1: Pretrial release rates increased from 53% to 73% of all cases, with no statistically significant change in public safety or court appearance

Top Takeaways from Smart Pretrial in Yakima County, WA- PJI 2018.pdf


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Blueprint for Smart Justice Hawai‘i - ACLU, 2019

Blueprint for Smart Justice Hawai’i is part of the ACLU’s 50-state campaign to identify state-specific strategies to reduce mass incarceration. In Hawai’i, where one in five people who are incarcerated are in pretrial justice status and money bond is assigned in 88 percent of cases (and posted only 44 percent of the time), the report includes pretrial reforms as part of its strategies. Specifically, the report calls for “enhancing speedy trial rights, expanding access to counsel, and expanding mandatory cite and release policies — and limit pretrial detention to the rare case where a person poses a serious, clear threat to another person.”

SJ-Blueprint-HI.pdf


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Idaho Blueprint for Smart Justice - ACLU 2020

The ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice campaign partnered with the Urban Institute to conduct a two-year research project to analyze the kind of changes needed to cut the number of people in prison in each state by half and reduce racial disparities in incarceration


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Yakima County, Washington Pretrial Justice System Improvements: Pre- and Post- Implementation Analysis - Brooker 2017

Executive Summary This report was prepared for Yakima County stakeholders as part of the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative, a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance led by the Pretrial Justice Institute. The author of the report was the Technical Assistance Team Leader assigned to Yakima County for the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative

Yakima Count WA Pretrial Justice System Improvements- Pre- and Post- Implementation Analysis - Brooker 2017.pdf


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New Online Course to Help Law Enforcement Leaders Support Safe, Smart Pretrial Decisions

The inconsistency of policy and guidelines for pretrial release can create volatile public safety challenges for law enforcement and communities. Law enforcement is the first line and most public face of the justice system, yet historically, law enforcement leaders were not actively engaged in pretrial decisions beyond what happens at the initial arrest

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Audit of the Department's Use of Pretrial Diversion and Diversion-Based Court Programs as Alternatives to Incarceration - DOJ 2016

This document contains the results of the audit of the U.S Attorney’s Office (USAO) use of pretrial diversion programs for FY 2012-FY 2014. It discusses the Smart on Crime initiative and provides statistics and recommendations

Audit of the Department's Use of Pretrial Diversion and Diversion-Based Court Programs as Alternatives to Incarceration - DOJ 2016.pdf


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Selling Off Our Freedom - Color of Change 2017

Read Color Of Change’s bail industry report, supported by ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice #RacialJustice #Bail

Selling Off Our Freedom - Color of Change 2017.pdf


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Campaign to Protect Incarcerated People from COVID-19 - ACLU of Connecticut 2020

Using video testimony from impacted and concerned people, the Smart Justice campaign called on Gov


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PJWG 2016 e-Summit Discussion Panel

Discussion panel from the December 2016 e-Summit of the Pretrial Justice Working Group. Supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and produced by the Pretrial Justice Institute through the University of Pretrial. Panelists: Denise O'Donnell - Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, US Department of Justice Aubree Cote - Denver Smart Pretrial Coordinator Megan Stevenson - Quattrone Center Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School Julian Adler - Director of Research Practice Strategies, Center for Court Innovation


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No Money, No Freedom- The Need for Bail Reform - ACLU 2016

This is why advocating for fair and effective alternatives to pretrial detention is an important part of the ACLU of Washington’s Campaign for Smart Justice

No Money, No Freedom- The Need for Bail Reform - ACLU 2016.pdf


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What is YOUR Pretrial Message?

October is messaging month on the University of Pretrial, which means we will be holding special events throughout the month aimed at helping people communicate effectively about pretrial justice

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Consensus Report on Optimal Pretrial Justice - Santa Clara County Bail and Release Work Group 2016

The collaborative Bail and Release Work Group of Santa Clara County, CA authored this report and recommendations to inform action on bail by the local Board of Supervisors. #SmartPretrial #RiskManagementandSupervision #RiskAssessment #Bail

Final Consensus Report on Optimal Pretrial Justice - Santa Clara 2016.pdf


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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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Respect and Dignity: A Critical Component of Pretrial Justice

Unfortunately, on too many occasions we have seen pretrial processes that reflect anything but these values...This is why we offered procedural justice as one of our Smarter Pretrial training and technical assistance topics (funded by the U.S

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