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  • NLC Announces Resources to Reduce the Use of Jails Technical assistance proposals are due July 21, 2017. View an informational webinar June 29, 2017. read more
  • Out of Sight: The Growth of Jails in Rural America Out of Sight: The Growth of Jails in Rural America (2017) shows that pretrial detention rates have risen nationally and are especially high in rural counties across the U.S. read more
  • NM Supreme Court Issues Rules on Pretrial Detention & Release Rules reflect national best practices and provide guidance to judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers. read more
  • Advancing Safety and Justice through Collaboration NACo releases brief on county-led efforts to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals and communities. read more
  • NIC Framework for Pretrial Justice Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency. read more
  • A More Just New York City New York City Independent Commission Report Recommendations include closing Rikers Island jails. read more

Advancing Legal and Evidence-based Pretrial Practices

Our Advisors

  • Hon. Jonathan Lippman, CCJ
  • Hon. Eric T. Washington, CCJ
  • Ms. Laurie Dudgeon, COSCA
  • Mr. Arthur W. Pepin, COSCA
  • Hon. Elliott L. Zide, AJA
  • Mr. Raymond L. Billotte, NACM

The Pretrial Justice Center for Courts (PJCC) works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators to implement their resolution recommending evidence-based assessment of risk in setting pretrial release conditions and the presumptive use of non-financial release conditions consistent with assessments of risk. With support from the Public Welfare Foundation, PJCC provides information and tools, offers education and technical assistance, facilitates cross-state learning and collaboration, and promotes the use of legal and evidence-based pretrial practices for courts across the country.