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Joint Defender Statement on Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments - updated 2019 

05-11-2017 13:19

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."


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