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Joint Statement by Defense Organizations on Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments, updated March 2019 

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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 & Defender Association "support the use of a validated pretrial risk assessment as a component of a fair pretrial release system, in any jurisdiction where it is evident, based on input from the local criminal defense stakeholders and impacted communities who understand the unique circumstances surrounding pretrial release in their jurisdiction, that it will serve to reduce unnecessary detention and help to eliminate racial and ethnic bias in the outcome of the pretrial decisions." The statement also recommends checks and balances.

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