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Improving Timely Justice in America’s Courts

A study of 136 U.S. courts by the National Center of State Courts found that none met national standards for timeliness in resolving cases.

NPPJ
By: Chiara Packard and Matt Keyser

Newsletter: Can public defenders be another solution to bail reform?

Also, a Q&A with Travis County (Texas) District Attorney José Garza.

NPPJ
By: NPPJ Staff

José Garza’s unique background brings new vision to Travis County DA’s office

A former public defender and immigration activist, Garza says the current American criminal justice system is broken

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

DA Krasner Reforms Are Safely Shrinking Probation & Parole System

DA Kranser promised when taking office in 2018 to make the criminal justice system fairer.


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As Calls for Bail Reform Ring Nationwide, Could the Answer Lie with Public Defenders?

At the Pittsburgh Municipal Court, the RAND Corporation partnered with the local public defender’s office to study how defense attorneys can impact bail hearings.  

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Will Texas Finally Tackle Bail Reform?

In the wake of several federal court decisions ruling money bail systems unconstitutional — and facing the exorbitant cost of detaining tens of thousands of unconvicted people —advocates on the left and right are calling on the Texas Legislature to finally pass bail reform.

NPPJ
By: Pretrial Justice Team

4 Prosecutor-Driven Diversion Programs Giving Second Chances

In honor of Second Chances Month, we’re spotlighting programs that are that keeping people out of the criminal justice system.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Legacy of collaboration leads to meaningful bail reform for a New York county

Months of planning for the 2020 reforms built on years of cross-functional communication.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

‘I Just Felt So Violated’: Harvard Researcher’s Study Shows ‘Devastating’ Effects of Jailing People Pretrial

The more time spent in pretrial detention, the greater likelihood a person has further contact with the penal system, according to Dr. Sandra Smith’s study “A Difference A Day Makes.”

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

As Federal Courts Strike Down Bail Practices, Texas Must Reckon with Reform

Nathan Hecht, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and Daniel Slayton, the executive director of the Texas Judicial Council, have a vision of what statewide bail reform can look like.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

In Los Angeles County, District Attorney George Gascón Has Big Plans for Reshaping the Criminal Justice System

The newly elected DA announced a series of systemic reforms that include ending cash bail and utilizing more diversion programs for low-level charges.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

An Intersection of Jails, Arrests, & Mass Incarceration: Q&A with Jessica Pishko on the Role of Sheriffs

Pishko is a lawyer and writer whose research focuses on sheriffs and the political power of law enforcement.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Fighting for A More Just Legal System: Q&A with Civil Rights Corps

Thea Sebastian, CRC director of policy, discusses the ongoing work, bail reform, and why now is the time to create change to the longstanding injustices.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Fairness and Efficiency Are at the Forefront of Reforms in Pulaski County

This is part of a series of Q&A with judges from counties selected as Research-Action Sites for the Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research initiative.

APPR
By: APPR

A 24-Year-Old Council Member is Driving Police Reform in California: ‘Driving While Black Shouldn’t Be A Crime’

The city of Berkeley is moving forward with a proposal by Rigel Robinson to shift traffic and parking enforcement away from police officers and into the hands of unarmed city workers.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

COVID-19 Brought the Criminal Justice System ‘To Its Knees.’ Here’s What We Can Learn Moving Forward.

A new report by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice gives a first-of-its-kind look at how the pandemic impacted the system.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

‘We’re Steering People Away From the Criminal Justice System’: Q&A with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

The leader of the nation’s third-largest sheriff’s office—and the largest in Texas—discusses policing and pretrial reform.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Newsletter: Your Vital Work Is Being Recognized At All Levels

The need to reform the nation’s pretrial systems has never been more apparent.

NPPJ
By: NPPJ Staff

In Harris County, Leaders Taking Creative Approach to Pretrial Reform

The nation’s third-largest county is utilizing diversion programs to keep people charged with non-violent, low-level crimes out of jail.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Across the U.S., Public Defender Offices Focusing on Data, Analytics to Drive Change

Data can provide more transparency and accountability to a system that is struggling to keep up with growing cases and overworked attorneys.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

An Unfair Fight: Public Defenders Nationwide Battle System with Fewer Resources, Burdensome Caseloads

It’s a system that produces mass incarceration and disproportionately affects communities of color.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

Researchers Release New Studies on the Public Safety Assessment

A series of studies across three U.S. counties looked at whether a tool providing prosecutors and judges with research-based information about a defendant’s past is helping to lead to fairer release decisions.

NPPJ
By: Matt Keyser

COVID Reforms Help Improve Communication, Remove Barriers in Thurston County Pretrial Services

As an early hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State was one of the first places forced to reckon with the realities of the virus, including the toll it could take on the justice system if no action was taken. With that in mind, Thurston County Pretrial Services was one of the many agencies in the state to work swiftly to avoid a disastrous situation.

NPPJ
By: Marie Simoneaux

San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project: Divesting from law enforcement and investing in community

Across the country, advocates are urging leadership to defund police and invest in communities, which is exactly what one California agency has been doing for more than 40 years.

NPPJ
By: Marie Simoneaux

‘We’re Very Thankful’: COVID-19 Reinforces Houston Pretrial Reform Efforts

In the four years that Kelvin Banks has headed Harris County Pretrial Services in Houston, the agency has taken on reform after reform in an effort to create a more safe and equitable justice system –– while also unknowingly preparing for 2020’s impending pandemic.

NPPJ
By: Marie Simoneaux

Emptier Jails and Quicker Release: A Look Into Kentucky’s COVID Pretrial Reforms

Between the release of thousands of incarcerated people, a quickened assessment process, and an expansion of delegated release authority, Kentucky Pretrial Services has grown into a more efficient and consistent system over the past few months, due in part to significant reforms made in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPPJ
By: Marie Simoneaux

COVID-19 Sparks ‘Unprecedented’ Pretrial Reforms, Survey Shows

A new study from the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies shows significant reforms have been enacted across the country, largely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPPJ
By: Marie Simoneaux

Racism, Policing, and the Criminal Justice System

APPR spoke with Nikki Jones, Ph.D., professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jones’ research focuses on the experiences of Black women, men, and youth with the criminal justice system and specifically with policing.


By: Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR)

Researchers are Bringing Something Surprisingly Novel to Lawmaking: Rigorous Evaluation

Using randomized control trials (RCTs), the A2J Lab conducts rigorous empirical research on the U.S. justice system to discover what reforms produce optimal outcomes for stakeholders.


By: NPPJ

Newsletter: The National Partnership for Pretrial Justice: One Year Later

Thank you first and foremost for the critical work you’re doing to eliminate unnecessary and unjust pretrial detention across the country.

NPPJ
By: NPPJ Staff

Kids and Pretrial Justice: The Unique Challenges of Reforming the Juvenile Court System

We sit down with NPPJ members Mary Ann Scali and Sherika Shnider of the National Juvenile Defender Center to talk about the unique challenges of their work.

Kids and Pretrial Justice: The Unique Challenges of Reforming the Juvenile Court System
By: NPPJ

A Researcher’s Perspective on COVID-19, New York Bail Reform, and Pretrial Justice

A Q&A with Tiffany Bergin, Deputy Director of Research at The New York City Criminal Justice Agency


By: NPPJ

Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research Statement on COVID-19 and Pretrial Release


By: Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR)

Ending Cash Bail: What’s Wrong With Cash Bail and How To Fix It


By: Lea Hunter, Center for American Progress

NPPJ Member Releases Statement on Pretrial Justice and Pretrial Assessments


By: The Center for Effective Public Policy

Newsletter: Our inaugural NPPJ convening

This month, 18 leaders from across the nation gathered at our inaugural National Partnership for Pretrial Justice (NPPJ) convening.

NPPJ
By: NPPJ Staff

Unconstitutional Use of Cash Bail Makes Cities Less Safe: Conservative Group

The Crime Report
By: Tony Messenger/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Prosecutors Need to Take the Lead in Reforming Prisons

The Atlantic
By: Lucy Lang Executive director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

In partnership with Vera Institute, Advocates propose ending cash bail in New Orleans

Vera Institute of Justice, ACLU Louisiana, the Foundation for Louisiana and Stand With Dignity take their case for ending cash bail in New Orleans to the City Council.


By: NPPJ

States must abolish juvenile fees. They’re putting families in debt.

Why more states should abolish juvenile fees that are racially discriminatory, harm rehabilitation and increase recidivism.

Washington Post
By: Jeffrey Selbin and Jessica Feierman

Risk Assessment Tools Are Not A Failed ‘Minority Report’

"Given the terrible harms of business as usual in our courtrooms and jails, we believe that getting risk assessment right is worth the investment in research and resources."

Law360
By: Sarah Desmarais, Brandon Garrett and Cynthia Rudin

Funding Opportunity: Rural Jails Research and Policy Network

The Vera Institute of Justice, with support from Arnold Ventures, is pleased to solicit proposals from applicants at U.S.-based universities to participate in a new Rural Jails Research and Policy Network as a university “Hub” site. Vera will award up to $200,000 to support each university Hub site’s work as part of this project. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 9, 2019

The Vera Institute of Justice
By: NPPJ

Newsletter: Building the National Partnership for Pretrial Justice Community

As an NPPJ member, you represent a diverse set of stakeholders working to reform our pretrial system.

NPPJ
By: NPPJ Staff

“When They See Us” Shines a Light on Pretrial Reform

From Selma to 13TH, Ava DuVernay’s films inspire meaningful discussions about the criminal justice system. By recounting real-world injustices, she asks us to interrogate moments in history that have long been misperceived and misunderstood. With the release of the limited Netflix series When They See Us, DuVernay proves that what happened thirty years ago is […]


By: Arnold Ventures

New Study: Judicial Release Decisions

MDRC measures impact of the Public Safety Assessment and related policy changes in North Carolina and finds decreased use of money bail, more people being released on their own recognizance, and no increase in failures to appear in court or new crime

Pretrial Justice
By: MDRC

Jeremy Travis: Public overwhelmingly supports reforming bail system

Quietly and with little fanfare, The Pew Charitable Trusts released a stunning report detailing Americans' opinions on bail reform. I'll cut to the chase: The public overwhelmingly supports changing our pretrial system.

Times Union
By: Jeremy Travis

Call To End Cash Bail In Bexar County Intensifies

A group of activists delivered petitions to several Bexar County judges on Thursday calling for the elimination of the use of cash bail or bond for people waiting to appear before a judge.

Texas Public Radio
By: Joey Palacios

Cory Booker: It’s time for the next step in criminal justice reform

Edward Douglas woke up on Jan. 10, 2019, in a federal penitentiary in Pekin, Ill., where he had spent every morning of the past 15 years of his life.

Washington Post
By: Cory Booker

Unable to Post Bail? You Will Pay for That for Many Years

Cash bail favors the rich, who can pay it and go home, while poorer people are frequently forced to remain in jail while they await trial.

New York Times
By: Seema Jayachandran

NFL activists: Nation should follow Philly’s lead on bail reform, nonviolent charges

Last year, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner stopped seeking cash bail for a variety of nonviolent charges, including drug possession and prostitution.

USA Today
By: Torrey Smith, Chris Long, and Malcolm Jenkins

Editorial: Is bail reform dangerous? What the data really says

If you want to see the future of bail reform in Texas, look to Philadelphia.

Houston Chronicle
By: Editorial Board

Arnold Ventures Launches Diverse Partnership to Accelerate Pretrial Justice Reform

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