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Check back for more updates and news about pretrial justice events at NCSC and nationwide.

Recent Events

September 5, 2017 | With support from the Public Welfare Foundation, NCSC presented “Creating a Pretrial Culture of Safety: Stories from 4 Jurisdictions.” The webinar featured representatives from four jurisdictions who participated in the June 2014 Pretrial Justice Policy Forum (Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, and Dane County, WI). You can hear what they've learned implementing pretrial reforms for the last three years and where they're headed next.

Listen to the webinar here.


Recent News Releases


Vera Institute releases report on Black and White Jail Incarceration

A new report released this week from the Vera Institute of Justice, Divided Justice: Uncovering trends in Black and White Jail Incarceration, 1990-2013, reveals some interesting trends on incarceration rates and race.

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National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices Releases New Publication

Principles on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices promote more fair, transparent, and efficient bail practices and imposition and collection of legal financial obligations.

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Delaware Law Designed to Modernize the Pretrial Process

The law requires the use of evidence-based risk assessment and aims to reduce reliance on monetary release conditions while promoting public safety.

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Arkansas Enacts the Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act of 2017 (Act 423)

Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Act 423 Task Force to assist in implementing the Act, which, among its many provisions, encourages counties to adopt an evidence-based pretrial risk assessment tool. A Task Force subcommittee will recommend a tool for statewide adoption.

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New Report on Pretrial Detention Reform in California

After a year-long study California's Pretrial Detention Reform Work Group presents 10 recommendations to the Chief Justice, including the elimination of money bail.

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Seal of Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois
  Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Circuit Court of Cook County Orders Major Changes in Pretrial Release Decision Making

General Order No. 18.8A takes effect on September 18, 2017 for felony cases and January 1, 2018 for misdemeanor cases. It creates a presumption of non-monetary conditions of pretrial release, requires an inquiry into the need for monetary conditions and the defendant’s ability to pay any monetary bail, allows preventive detention of defendants found to be a danger to a person or the community, and requires Pretrial Services to provide court date reminders to felony defendants by telephone or text messaging. Coinciding with the institution of General Order No. 18.8A, the Circuit Court will begin operating a new division dedicated to initial bail hearings.

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  New Resource from the Mexico Supreme Court Issues Rules on Pretrial Detention & Release

Rules reflect national best practices and provide guidance to judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers.

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  New Resources to Reduce the Use of Jails from the National League of Cities (NLC)

NLC resources include information briefs, webinars, and a request for proposals to receive technical assistance. Proposals are due July 21, 2017. NLC is sponsoring webinars on June 27 and 29, 2017. In the first local officials will describe successful city models for jail use reduction. The second is an informational session to prepare for submitting a proposal.

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  New Resource from the Vera Institute and the Safety and Justice Challenge

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.

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  New Resources from the National Association of Counties

County Roles and Opportunities in Pretrial Justice (May 2017) highlights some of the policies and processes counties have implemented to reduce pretrial jail populations and more effectively use resources without compromising public safety.

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County Roles and Opportunities in Advancing Safety and Justice through Collaboration
(May 2017) describes how counties are developing and enhancing collaboration within the justice system and across the community to enhance public safety and improve individual and community outcomes.

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  National Institute of Corrections Releases Publication: A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency

This new resource supports evidence-based pretrial reforms that maximize release, court appearances, and public safety.

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  Commission Chaired by Former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Releases Report on Public Safely Reducing New York City's Jail Population

The report proposes evidence-based criminal justice reforms including closing Rikers Island jails and building smaller and more accessible facilities.

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  MacArthur Foundation Announces $100 Million Innovation Fund to Reduce Over-Incarceration

MacArthur Foundation announces national initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

The $100 million Innovation Fund will add twenty jurisdictions to the Safety and Justice Challenge Network working to implement innovative local justice system reforms.

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  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.

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  Court Talk Discusses Bail Denied

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.

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