On any given day, our nation’s jails hold 750,000 people, the vast majority of whom are presumed innocent and awaiting trial. Current pretrial practices are expensive, costing taxpayers $14 billion annually to jail people not convicted of a crime.
The human cost is incalculable, destabilizing families, jeopardizing housing and employment, and often resulting in guilty pleas and longer sentences.
Many people are held in jail pretrial because they cannot pay money bail – even amounts as small as $500 or less. Worse, research shows people of color receive higher bail amounts and are more likely to be detained than similarly-situated white people.
APPR, a collaboration of more than a dozen organizations and individuals with diverse expertise, will offer assistance to jurisdictions across the country to examine their pretrial systems and identify improvements that simultaneously prioritize public safety, equity, and harm reduction.
Ten local communities, selected through a competitive process, will receive intensive research, training and policy assistance to implement risk assessment and other pretrial advancements. Online training and implementation assistance will be available to hundreds of other communities. APPR also will make the Public Safety Assessment, a pretrial risk assessment, accessible through online resources at psapretrial.org.
APPR is led by the Center for Effective Public Policy, along with a team of subject matter experts and consultants, including the following partner organizations:
- Applied Research Services
- Center for Court Innovation
- FrameWorks Institute
- National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies
- National Center for State Courts
Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research is a project of the National Partnership for Pretrial Justice, a collective of research, technical assistance, policy and advocacy organizations. APPR is made possible through a generous grant from Arnold Ventures.