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  • 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
  • CA Chief Justice Appoints Working Group to Review Pretrial Detention The Work Group is charged with studying pretrial detention practices and making recommendations for potential reforms. read more
  • New Mexico Voters Pass Bail Reform New Mexico voters approved a constitutional amendment that will reduce the use of monetary bail and change the way pretrial release decisions are made. read more
  • Kentucky Pretrial Services: A Virtual Tour A free virtual tour of Kentucky’s exemplary Pretrial Services program is now available. read more
  • Court Talk Podcast on Bail Reform Listen in as New Mexico Chief Justice Charles Daniels discusses efforts to shift away from a wealth-based system and toward a risk-based system of determining pretrial release. 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.