Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $350,000)
Rulo Strategies is applying for the pretrial fellowship with nine months in residency at the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The fellowship goal is to improve pretrial practices by first understanding the recent history of pretrial reform and then to explore the research, data, and practices that have been proven effective. Objectives include: To examine the past ten years of reform at the pretrial phase of case processing; Identify the most current research on risk assessments with a focus on disparate practices (e.g., race); Identify data-informed strategies at the local and state level; and Identify how the general public views pretrial practices and barriers to system change from internal and external pretrial stakeholders.
Rulo Strategies brings over twenty-eight years of criminal justice experience that spans from a practitioner to a national consultant. The fellow's career includes field experience, leadership of a local pretrial and probation agency, state-level influence through association work, and most recently, five years as a consultant working on improving criminal justice practices at the national level. The applicant’s interest in pursuing a fellowship in pretrial is driven by the desire to see a fair and just system.
The applicant requested OJP's priority consideration to Advance Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities.