NAPSA Standards on Pretrial Release, 2020 Edition
The NAPSA has published its revised 2020 Edition of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies’ (NAPSA) Standards on Pretrial Release continues the mandate of previous Editions—to describe the components of an effective, legal, and evidence-based bail system. It also updates the Standards with the developing body of knowledge about best and promising practices in the pretrial field and changes to the legal definition of and the requirements for fair and reasonable bail decision-making. Revisions from past Editions include: (1) a focus on a systems approach to improving bail decision making, with broader and more defined roles for the court, prosecution, and defense; (2) greater recognition and advocacy of pretrial services agencies as an essential element of effective bail systems; (3) a call to ban the use of money as a type of bail, a requirement of pretrial supervision or a means of detention; and, (4) support for empirically developed and validated pretrial risk assessments to help predict the likelihood of return to court and arrest-free pretrial behavior and to assist in identifying conditions appropriate to specified risk factors. View the complete document here
Request for Workshop Proposals - Deadline Extended to May 1, 2020
Due to the necessary actions pretrial professionals are having to take because of the COVID-19 virus, NAPSA is extending the deadline to submit workshop proposals for the 48th Annual Conference and Training Institute, to be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta on September 13-16, 2020. Workshop proposals are due Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. eastern. For more information and to submit a workshop proposal, please click here
Statement of Support for Pretrial Risk Assessments and Early Release of Standard 2.8
The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) is the professional association for pretrial release and diversion practitioners. Our goal is to make pretrial justice the norm in America’s courts by promoting rational and evidence-based pretrial decision making and practices. This is best reflected in our National Standards on Pretrial Release: Revised 2020, set for publication on March 1, 2020. This edition continues the mandate of past NAPSA Standards to describe the components of an effective legal and evidence-based bail system. They also strengthen NAPSA’s position against the use of money in pretrial release or detention decisions and our support for empirically-developed pretrial assessment tools used in conjunction with specified pretrial practices, independent pretrial services agencies, and a systems-based approach to bail reform.
Our continued support for empirical pretrial assessment tools is especially relevant given the discussion about these assessments in the pretrial field. Many advocates for bail reform have raised concerns and expressed opposition to these instruments; due in part to the potential for misuse of assessments by practitioners but mainly on the belief that these tools are inherently racially and ethnically biased. Stakeholders need to continually review justice system practices to eliminate racial, gender, and socio-economic disparities, not only in risk assessments but in practice and process.
To read our full statement and Standard 2.8, click here