Deciding to adopt a research-based pretrial assessment such as the PSA represents an important step in building a more effective, fair, and efficient pretrial system. The process of implementing a pretrial assessment should not be undertaken lightly. Implementation involves multiple agencies within your jurisdiction, requires extensive collaboration, and necessitates a commitment to support the changes with proper resources.
Requirements for PSA Implementation
There are certain minimum requirements that a jurisdiction should have in place in order to successfully adopt the PSA. Readiness depends on the following:
- a commitment by key stakeholders to use the PSA to inform decisions
- the availability of data to score the PSA’s nine risk factors
- the capacity to integrate the PSA software program into a data system
- the availability of staff to score and complete the PSA
The Implementation Process
The PSA implementation process generally takes at least six to eight months to complete, and it is divided into six phases: Engagement, Technology Integration, Managing Risk, Measuring Risk, Training, and Fidelity. Some of these phases run concurrently and they all require collaboration across multiple criminal justice agencies.