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The Evidence Behind Pretrial: Enhancing the Use of Data-Driven Decision-Making featured a high-level discussion with leading experts on what research says about pretrial detention, risk assessment, and the impact of decision-making on public safety, fairness, and cost-effectiveness. In addition, attendees heard from two pretrial service agencies with experience implementing and using risk assessments to make data-driven decisions related to pretrial release and supervision.
Pretrial detainees account for more than 60 percent of the inmate population in our nation’s jails. The cost to detain defendants pretrial has been estimated at over $9 billion per year. Recent studies show that there are challenges in the current system regarding who should be detained and who should be released pretrial. Many jurisdictions release a large percentage of high-risk defendants, while detaining many low-risk defendants.
Speakers: Anne Milgram, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Chris Lowenkamp, Lecturer, University of Missouri - Kansas City; Tara Boh Klute, Chief Operating Officer, Pretrial Services - Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts; and Holly Szablewski, Judicial Review Coordinator - Milwaukee County.