The Top 10 Reasons to Implement Risk-Based Pretrial Practices

The call for pretrial justice grows stronger every day, with demands on our states and localities to achieve a more just and equitable method of making pretrial release decisions. A system that relies on money bail cannot get us there and has proven time and time again to be harmful to our communities. What is working is the use of evidence-based systems to analyze data and determine the risk that the person will appear in court and remain crime-free if released.

It shouldn’t stop there. While supervision isn’t recommended for everyone, the best systems align your level of service with individual risk factors so that no one is under- or over-managed and your limited resources stay focused and effective.

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