Pretrial justice systems seek to maximize court appearance and community well-being and safety. In fact, these are the only two outcomes that can legally be considered when deciding to release or detain a person during the pretrial phase. Fair, just, and effective pretrial justice systems strive to implement practices that help people succeed while on pretrial release. To do this, it’s essential to understand the effectiveness of common pretrial practices based on current research. APPR has developed a number of pretrial research summaries to meet this need. Read the resources that follow as you start assessing your jurisdiction’s policies and practices. Consider the summaries as you reflect on your local goals and values. Identify topics to explore more deeply. And consider the implications of what you learn on future pretrial advancements.