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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:

Tim Murray Photo Mr. Tim Murray
Executive Director
Pretrial Justice Institute


Spurgeon Kennedy Photo Mr. Spurgeon Kennedy
Deputy Director of Operations
DC Pretrial Services Agency

Barbara Darbey Photo Ms. Barbara Darbey
Executive Director
Pre-trial Services Cooperation

Daniel Peterca Photo Mr. Daniel Peterca
Manager, Pretrial Services
Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

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.

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