Communications & Public Opinion

Communicating about Pretrial Justice Reforms: Key Resources

The following resources provide court leaders with detailed guidelines, talking points, and templates for communicating with the media about pretrial justice reform.

This toolkit includes a message guide with talking points and forms, templates, and protocols for interacting with the media.

To support the work of local champions and spokespeople of pretrial justice reforms, this report offers general guidelines and talking points for use with different audiences.


 

Public Opinion on Pretrial Justice Reforms: Key Resources

The following resources provide information about the results of recent public opinion polls on issues related to pretrial justice reform.

The above presentation by Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners, reports on findings from a nationwide 2012 public opinion poll. The presentation slides describe the methodology used, summarizes poll findings on issues such as the nature of public support for a risk-based approach to pretrial release in lieu of cash bail and the qualities of risk assessment that appeal to the public, and offers research-informed recommendations on how to communicate effectively with the public about pretrial justice reforms.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) hosted an educational webinar on October 4, 2012, featuring contributions by Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Operating Officer of the Pretrial Justice Institute; Daniel Gotoff, partner with Lake Research Partners; and Stan Hilkey, elected sheriff of Mesa County, CO. The webpage above links to the presentation slides, which contain more detailed information from the 2012 Lake Research Partners public opinion poll.  

This presentation by Tim Murray, Director Emeritus of the Pretrial Justice Institute, includes additional summary findings from the 2012 Lake Research Partners public opinion poll.