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Pretrial Justice TTA Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $700,000)

The Ensuring Procedural Justice Throughout the Adjudication Process: Pretrial Reform, High Performance Prosecution, and Smarter Sentencing Practices Program is funded under the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by Pub. L. No.112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 615, the Byrne Competitive Program helps communities improve the functioning and capacity of state and local criminal justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The FY 2012 program will focus on funding efforts in three major categories.

The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) will utilize this grant to improve the cost effectiveness and conditions of the nation's jails, as well as the administration of justice, by facilitating pretrial reform efforts on a broad geographic and jurisdictional scale. PJI has two objectives: (1) Educate and support criminal justice policy makers and practitioners in legal and evidence-based pretrial justice such that it results in advancements in local systems. This will involve: providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to jurisdictions that are in a position to understand their data and make policy changes; developing a network of learning sites, speakers, and materials highlighting different aspects of pretrial justice; and coordinating all TTA service engagements with BJA's National Training and Technical Assistance Center. (2) Manage a national-level collaboration that generates partnerships and initiatives that can be sustained and leveraged. This will involve: continuing to support the Pretrial Justice Working Group (PJWG) and its Subcommittees; managing BJA's National Judicial Council on Pretrial Justice, an initiative of the PJWG; and hosting two Pretrial Justice Fellows who will liaison between the PJWG and their peers.


Date Created: August 21, 2012