In an effort to help educate the field on the importance and impact that pretrial services can have at the state and local level, NCJA is hosting a three part pre-trial webinar miniseries. The purpose of this webinar miniseries is to help criminal justice practitioners at the state and local level understand the evidence base behind pretrial risk assessment, release and supervision.
Check back for upcoming webinars!
- The Role of Crime Victims and Advocates in Pretrial Justice Reform
- The Evidence Behind Pretrial: Enhancing the Use of Data-Driven Decision-Making
The Role of Crime Victims and Advocates in Pretrial Justice Reform
As jurisdictions across the Nation seek to reform pretrial practices to improve individual and community safety, it’s important to ask: “Do crime victims and their advocates have roles and responsibilities in pretrial processes?” There are many victims’ rights and services that are relevant to pretrial junctures of the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Co-sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, this webinar will explore crime victims’ concerns, rights and services throughout pretrial justice.
As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Describe the core statutory rights of crime victims and survivors within pretrial justice.
• Identify important victim assistance programs that provide support and services to crime survivors in the pretrial phase of their cases.
• Describe important considerations for agency and cross-agency policies that enhance individual and community safety throughout pretrial justice.
• Anne Seymour, National Crime Victim Advocate (Moderator)
• Aubree Cote, Pretrial Supervision Unit Supervisor, City and County of Denver
• Dianne Beer-Maxwell, Program Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police
• Gregory Donat, former judge, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Superior Court
• David Porter, Chief of Police for Dewitt, Iowa, and chair of IACP’s Victim Services Committee
The Evidence Behind Pretrial: Enhancing the Use of Data-Driven Decision-Making
Supplemental materials: Developing a National Model for Pretrial Risk Assessment
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.
- Anne Milgram, Vi