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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



Panelists:

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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