International Community Corrections Association’s 2014 Conference: Focus on Pretrial Justice

10/03/2014 07:13 PM

The pretrial system is complex. From arrest through case disposition, the variety of variables in the system make it difficult to predict the potential impact of any one policy of practice change. In order to build a data-driven system, however, tools for analyzing impact are essential. During the International Community Corrections Association’s (ICCA) 50th anniversary conference in Cleveland, Ohio, economist Michael Wilson, along with Lisa Brooks and Jesse Revicki discussed tools and techniques available for assessing the pretrial system at baseline and modeling the impact of policy changes. This included new tools for pretrial cost-benefit analysis and jail population projections developed by the Crime and Justice Institute. These tools, along with traditional evaluation methodologies, provide abundant data on the public safety and fiscal impact of pretrial policies. Participants took part in live demonstrations of the tools and participated in discussions of local applications.

 

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