PreTrial Justice Institute celebrates 40 years with refreshed goals

The Pretrial Justice Institute celebrates its 40th anniversary March 7-9 2017 in Washington, DC, at its Worldwide Pretrial Innovators Convention, or Pi-Con (see The Pretrial Justice Institute supports the use of data-driven, evidence-informed policies and practices across the juvenile and adult pretrial justice continuum in order to eliminate outcomes that are influenced by race, gender, social class or economic status. Some of its initiatives are: The University of Pretrial (UP), PJI’s state-of-the-art online learning community where policymakers and pretrial professionals can learn about the latest data-driven pretrial policies and practices; and 3DaysCount, a nationwide initiative that aims to reduce unnecessary arrests and replace money bail with practical risk-based decision-making. Their goal is to achieve the latter in 20 states by 2020.

PJI serves as the convener of the Safety and Justice Challenge Network, a five-year $100 million grant to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The initial grant response garnered a total of 191 applications from jurisdictions spanning 45 states. In 2015, 20 were selected to participate. In 2017, 20 jurisdictions were selected to join the Challenge Network through the Challenge Innovation Fund.
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