Wednesday Series IV: Pretrial
Evidence-Based Practice in Pretrial Services: Applications of Principles, Laws, and Research
Wednesday Series: Using Science in Criminal Justice to Achieve Better Results
Broadcast Date: June 9, 2010
Featured Presenter & Moderator:
Mr. Tim Murray
Pretrial Justice Institute
Mr. Spurgeon Kennedy
Deputy Director of Operations
DC Pretrial Services Agency
Before joining the Pretrial Services Agency, Mr. Kennedy served as Programs Manager with the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice, overseeing the Institute's Breaking the Cycle system-wide drug testing and treatment initiative, and helping to create and implement field tests, demonstration programs, and other applied research.
Mr. Kennedy also served as a Senior Associate with the Pretrial Services Resource Center, a technical assistance provider to and national clearinghouse for information about pretrial services agencies and court processing and jail crowding issues.
During his nearly 30 years in the criminal justice field, Mr. Kennedy has provided technical assistance and support to organizations such as the Office of Justice Programs, the American Bar Association, the National Institute of Corrections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. He also has served as a facilitator or training faculty member for agencies such as the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Institute of Corrections, the National Institute of Justice, the Office on Violence Against Women, and state pretrial associations in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California.
In addition, Mr. Kennedy has authored or co-authored several criminal justice articles and publications, including:
Charge Specialty and Re-victimization by Defendants Charged with Domestic Violence Offenses (National Institute of Corrections, Topics in Community Corrections, 2008)
Pretrial Diversion in the 21st Century: A National Survey of Pretrial Diversion Programs (Bureau of Justice Assistance, forthcoming)
Commercial Surety Bail: Assessing Its Role in the Pretrial Release and Detention Decision (Pretrial Services Resource Center: November 1996)
Ms. Barbara Darbey
Pre-trial Services Cooperation
Mr. Daniel Peterca
Manager, Pretrial Services
Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Mr. Peterca serves as Project Director of the CCA Jail Reduction Program, Halfway House Liaison, Co-Director of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court, Coordinator of the Mental Health Docket and Mental Health Initiative and on several local criminal justice, jail, mental health and substance abuse planning groups. Mr. Peterca also serves on the following State of Ohio boards: Ohio Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (OAPSA), CCA Advisory, Supreme Court Mental Health Advisory Committee, Ohio Community Corrections Organization (OCCO), as well as several other planning and budget committees. Nationally, he has served on the NAPSA Release Standards and Diversion committees. He has also provided technical assistance to the National Institute of Corrections (Competency Model) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (Consensus Project). He is currently a member of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Pretrial Executive Network.
Mr. Peterca is a past recipient of the NAPSA Member of the Year Award in 2003, the OCCO Dr. Simon Dinitz Award in 2001 and the OAPSA Recognition Award in 2000.
Wednesday Series IV audio and video content
- Welcome and Introductions
- Feature Presentation
- Panel Discussion
- Audience Q&A
- Panelists' Final Thoughts
- Read the FAQ Sheet that lists responses to questions asked by participants of this webinar that were not answered during the broadcast due to time constraints. Responses to these questions are provided by our expert panel and CJI staff.
- Read the Box Set papers
Developed for Pretrial Services, Policy Makers, and other Criminal Justice Professionals
- Approximately 14 million arrests for criminal offenses are made each year in the United States.
- Bail decisions to release or detain defendants pending trial carry enormous consequences for accused persons, the safety of the community and the integrity of the judicial process.
- Nearly 750,000 persons are incarcerated in local jails in the U.S., and among those, 62% are detained pending trials.
- Detention pending trial can be disruptive to family, employment and community ties and negatively stigmatize the defendant. Detention may also reduce the defendant's ability to prepare an adequate defense.
- Pretrial services related research has identified a number of risk assessment, bail recommendation and supervision related practices that have been proven to be effective in producing reductions in pretrial failure.
We know how to use the research to create effective systems and interventions.