Barbara M. Hankey
This document highlights the commitment of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to define and support evidence-based practices that improve decision-making at the pretrial stage of our criminal justice system, enhancing the safety of America’s communities and fostering the fair administration of pretrial release and detention. With the release of A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency, NIC and its Pretrial Executive Network helps inform the discussion on bail reform and pretrial justice by presenting and defining the fundamentals of an effective pretrial system and the essential elements of a high functioning pretrial services agency. This publication presents and describes these essential elements—as well as the components of an evidence-based framework for improving pretrial outcomes nationwide.
Bail determination is one of the most important decisions in criminal justice. Courts that make evidence-based decisions set the following as goals: (1) Protecting community safety; (2) Ensuring a defendant’s return to court; (3) Basing release and detention decisions on an individual defendant’s risk and the community’s norms for liberty; [and] (4) Providing judicial officers with clear, legal options for appropriate pretrial release and detention decisions.
A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency should serve as a guide for jurisdictions interested in improving their current pretrial systems. By presenting a framework of evidence-based and best practices, NIC supports the equally important concepts of pretrial justice and enhanced public safety in all of America’s courts.
Like its previous edition, Measuring What Matters, Second Edition helps agencies gather consistent and meaningful data to track the performance of pretrial programs based on the mission and needs of their local criminal justice system.
The second edition emphasizes measures that “work” in the real world and introduces a new definition of what it means to be successful in pretrial services. Each measure ties to the three principles of bail—maximizing release, ensuring court appearance, and maintaining public safety—and features commentary discussing how the measure has changed over time based on changes in the pretrial field. Today’s pretrial service agencies use outcome and performance metrics as an integral part of their pretrial practice and training. With the development of professional standards for the pretrial services field comes the need to have measures that will help them meet the challenge.
This webinar introduces NIC’s new publication and highlights key defining outcome and performance measures for pretrial agencies. The session will also describe how to tie the key measures to the three principles of bail: maximizing release, court appearance, and public safety.
During this 90-minute interactive webinar, participants will:
- Be introduced to Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field, Second Edition
- Highlight key defining outcome and performance measures and supporting business practices
- Describe how to tie the key measures to the three principles of bail: maximizing release, court appearance, and public safety
- Provide specific site examples of jurisdictions implementing key measures and sharing successes, challenges, and lessons learned
This webinar originally aired on September 21, 2021 at 10am PT / 11am MT /12pm CT / 1pm ET for 90 minutes.
- Greg Crawford, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections
- Spurgeon Kennedy, President-Elect, National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies
- Barb Hankey, Manager, Oakland County Community Corrections, Michigan
- Jessica Beach, Community Justice Director, Yamhill County, Oregon
- Kelly Bradford, Statewide Pretrial Program Manager, Administrative Office of the Courts, New Mexico
- Domingo Corona, Director of Pretrial Services, Pima County, Arizona
- Janice Dean, Pretrial Services Director, 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania
- Rhonda Frank-Loron, Pretrial Program Manager, Madison, Wisconsin