Our mission is simple, and resonates with yours: to reduce unnecessary and unjust pretrial detention.

Watch: National Partnership Launches to #ReformPretrial

Arnold Ventures' Jeremy Travis and James Cadogan announce the launch of the National Partnership for Pretrial Justice.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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


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

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.


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."

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

“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

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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