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The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia: Lessons from Five Decades of Innovation and Growth - PJI 2018 

08-22-2018 02:24 PM

This case study, now updated with the most recently available statistics, looks at how the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia moved the district’s courts from being totally reliant upon money bail to virtually eliminating its use while maintaining high rates of court appearance and good conduct by arrested people while on pretrial release. It also tells the story of how the agency has sustained this work over five decades through innovation and organizational commitment to justice and safety, with lessons for other organizations seeking to make similar changes.

The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) is centering racial justice as the foundation of our vision, mission and work to advance pretrial justice in order to end mass incarceration. This document may contain language choices or recommendations that are no longer aligned with this vision, but it remains in the UP library because of technical, subject-matter or historical merit. (October 2019)

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