Federal Probation - September 2018 issue now online
This special issue deals with the subject of "Pretrial Services: Front-End Justice" and is available online.
 
Pretrial Release and Probation: What is the Same and What is Different? By: Timothy R. Schnacke (August, 2018)
Pretrial release and Probation are outwardly similar, and jurisdictions across the country have routinely turned to probation entities to house pretrial services functions, which are beginning to be seen as essential ingredients of criminal justice systems lawfully and effectively administering pretrial release and detention. Despite these similarities, however, the significant differences between pretrial release and probation, including differences in histories, purposes, legal foundations, and research, mean that we must act with caution when adding or consolidating functions. This paper, written by Timothy R. Schnacke, is designed to be a part of the helpful literature that jurisdictions can use to develop lawful and effective pretrial systems, especially when those systems will be operating within probation entities or combined with probation functions. You can download the document here.
 
NAPSA President Penny Stinson's message on U.S. v. Salerno
Friday, May 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of U.S. v. Salerno. Please read NAPSA President Penny Stinson's remarks on this important day in pretrial justice history.
 
NEW NIC Publication!
Myths & Facts, Series II: "Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System"
This "Myths & Facts" package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to help dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system. A description and relevant research to dispel each myth is provided. Our network believes that risk and need assessments currently provide the most accurate, objective prediction of the risk to recidivate. While risk and need assessments do not predict with perfect accuracy, they guide practitioners in the field towards the most accurate and equitable decisions available for safely managing justice-involved individuals. To read the report, click here.
 
"A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency"
This publication is a guide for jurisdictions interested in improving current elements of their pretrial systems or creating needed procedures and practices. It will also serve as a resource for practitioners and policy makers to compare current pretrial release and diversion practices to recognized evidence-based and best practices and national standards.  NAPSA is proud to partner with NIC to help deliver this critical document to the pretrial field. To read the report, click here.
 
"Model" Bail Laws: Re-Drawing the Line Between Pretrial Release and Detention 
This paper is likely useful to all persons seeking answers to questions surrounding pretrial justice today. But it should be especially useful to those persons who are taking pen to paper to re-write their laws to determine whom to release and whom to potentially detain pretrial – essentially, to re-draw the line between purposeful release and detention. To read the report, click here.
 
Available Now: NIC Pretrial Justice Broadcast Recording
If you missed the live broadcast, view the streamed version of NIC's Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release online.
 
Washington Post: When it Comes to Pretrial Release, Few Other Jurisdictions do it D.C.’s Way
Read the article here.