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Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: Florida Poll 2018

A poll commissioned by the Pretrial Justice Institute in partnership with the James Madison Institute shows that Florida voters think there should be fewer arrests for low-level offenses, more support services in the community, and a system focused on public safety—not on ability to pay...

Florida Voters Want A Commonsense Approach to Pretrial Justice - James Madison Institute & PJI 2018.pdf


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Support for Pretrial Justice Reform: Latinx Poll 2018

A poll commissioned by the Pretrial Justice Institute in partnership with LatinoJustice PRLDEF shows that Latinx voters think there should be fewer arrests for low-level offenses, more support services in the community, and a system focused on public safety—not on ability to pay money bond. ...

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Forging New Traditions in Pretrial Excellence: Allegheny County Pretrial Services (PA) Increases Pretrial Fairness and Safety - PJI 2018

This updated case study looks at the beginnings of Allegheny County Pretrial Services (PA) and its journey to become a nationally recognized and innovative pretrial services program. #PretrialServices

Forging New Traditions in Pretrial Excellence - PJI 2018.pdf


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Report of the Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform - Judicial Council of Georgia 2018

The Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Bail Reform submitted this report to the Judicial Council of Georgia. The Committee made several recommendations in this interim report. Many of these recommendations were submitted to the Criminal Justice Reform Council with the intention that these...

Report of the Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform - Judicial Council of Georgia 2018.pdf


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PJI Research Advisory Committee - PJI 2018

In 2018, PJI established the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) to ensure that we understand and use new research to guide our theory of change and framework for implementation. We also want an independent check on our own selection bias—the tendency to like research that confirms our own ideas...

PJI Research Advisory Committee- PJI 2018.pdf


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Unequal Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Miami-Dade Criminal Justice - ACLU Florida Greater Miami 2018

Analyzing data on all adult criminal defendants from 2010 to 2015, this report examines individual and neighborhood racial and ethnic disparities across multiple decision points within Miami-Dade County’s criminal justice system including: arrest, bond and pretrial detention, charging and...

Unequal Treatment- Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Miami-Dade Criminal Justice - ACLU Florida 2018.PDF


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The Trial Penalty: The Sixth Amendment Right to Trial on the Verge of Extinction and How to Save It - NACDL 2018

This report is the product of more than two years of careful research and deliberation. In it, NACDL examines sentencing and other data underlying the fact that, after a 50 year decline, fewer than 3% of federal criminal cases result in a trial. With more than 97% of criminal cases being...

The Trial Penalty- The Sixth Amendment Right to Trial on the Verge of Extinction and How to Save It - NACDL 2018.pdf


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Support Grows For Pretrial Justice Reform - PJI 2018

This brief summarizes the results of a nationwide survey of 1,400 registered voters commissioned by the Pretrial Justice Institute and the Charles Koch Institute. The analysis shows that most Americans realize the current pretrial justice system does not work and are open to supporting...

Support Grows For Pretrial Justice Reform - PJI 2018.pdf


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Prince George's County: A Study of Bail - Color of Change 2018

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current state of pre-trial incarceration after a 2017 rule change that instructed judges to use bail only as a last resort and instead, consider non-financial conditions of release. Methods of analysis include data collection on pre-trial...

Prince George's County- A Study of Bail - Color of Change 2018.pdf


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Frequency of Signature Bonds in Dane County Criminal Cases: 2012-2016 - Judge Nicholas McNamara 2018

This report was submitted to the Public Protection & Judiciary Committee (PP&J) of the Dane County Board of Supervisors from Judge Nicholas J. McNamara. The Dane County Board of Supervisors is the Legislative branch of the county government in Dane County, Wisconsin. One of the County...

Frequency of Signature Bonds in Dane County Criminal Cases- 2012-2016 - Judge Nicholas McNamara 2018.pdf


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The Impact of Early Representation: An Analysis of the San Francisco Public Defender's Pre-Trial Release Unit - California Policy Lab 2018

In October 2017, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office piloted the Pre-Trial Release Unit (PRU) to enhance access to pre-arraignment legal representation for indigent arrestees. Using data provided by the Office, this study finds the pilot program doubled the likelihood of release at...

The Impact of Early Representation- An Analysis of the San Francisco Public Defender's Pre-Trial Release Unit - California Policy Lab 2018.pdf


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An Examination of Illinois and National Pretrial Practices, Detention, and Reform Efforts - Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority 2018

Abstract: This article provides an overview of the main issues driving a renewed focus on pretrial detention, the effects of overuse of pretrial detention, and potential areas of reform with a focus on Illinois law and practices when possible. Illinois has made some progress in pretrial reform...

An Examination of Illinois and National Pretrial Practices, Detention, and Reform Efforts - Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority 2018.pdf


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The New Dynamics of Mass Incarceration - Vera 2018

This report and and fact sheet are part of a series that the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) is releasing with the Safety and Justice Challenge—the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative to reduce over incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails....

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Report of the Special Raporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on His Mission to the United States of America - UNHRC 2018

In this report, from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights aims to bring together analyses, identify key poverty-related problems and explain the relevance of the international human rights obligations of the United States in this...

Report of the Special Raporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on His Mission to the US - UNHRC 2018.pdf


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Lucas County Ohio April 2018 Update - Safety and Justice Challenge 2018

This is an update report from Lucas County, Ohio, from April, 2018. The Lucas County Safety and Justice Challenge Mission Statement reads as follows: Lucas County is committed to working collaboratively toward a safer, healthier, and more just community through implementation of successful...

Lucas County Ohio April 2018 Update - Safety and Justice Challenge 2018.pdf


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What Do Criminal Justice Professionals Think About Risk Assessment at Pretrial? - DeMichele et al. 2018

Abstract : Judicial decisions about whether to release or detain defendants are typically made quickly and include some level of input from other courtroom actors (i.e., prosecutors, defenders, and pretrial staff). There has recently been a push to provide more structure to pretrial decision...


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The Public Safety Assessment: A Re-Validation and Assessment of Predictive Utility and Differential Prediction by Race and Gender in Kentucky - DeMichele et al. 2018

Abstract: In this paper, we assess the predictive validity and differential prediction by race and gender of one pretrial risk assessment, the Public Safety Assessment (PSA). The PSA was developed with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to reduce the burden placed on...


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Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform - State of Georgia 2018

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform has submitted this report to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals for full consideration during the 2018 legislative session....

Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform - State of Georgia 2018.pdf


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A Decade of Bail Research in New York City - NYCJA 2012

A decade-long research project examining the bail system in New York City has been completed by the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc. (CJA). The research was conceived in the context of CJA’s mission of reducing unnecessary pretrial detention, and it continued in the midst of a...

A Decade of Bail Research in New York City - NYCJA 2012.pdf


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Medicaid Coverage and County Jails: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals - NACo 2018

The National Association of Counties (NACo) released this report to educate federal policymakers on issues around Medicaid and justice-involved individuals. NACo points out that the key messages to advocates are that increasing flexibility in Medicaid: (1) is crucial to helping counties...

Medicaid Coverage and County Jails- Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals - NACo 2018.pdf