Seeking Jurisdictions for Innovative Pretrial Improvement Project
Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research, an initiative supported by the Arnold Ventures, is seeking jurisdictions interested in improving their pretrial practices and implementing the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) to participate in an innovative 12-month pilot project. As an APPR Learning Site, jurisdictions will receive technical assistance, peer support, and robust online learning resources to improve pretrial outcomes in their community. NAPSA is a partner organization in the Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research initiative. We believe that this is an exciting opportunity to receive assistance to improve pretrial policies, practices, and outcomes in your jurisdictions. To learn more, click here here. 

New Diversion Resources Released                                                    Diversion 101, is a series of articles that offers a new framework for understanding diversion. Developed by the Center for Effective Public Policy in partnership with the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, Diversion 101 advances the foundational work done in the field of diversion to date and offers a roadmap for planning, implementing, and sustaining research-based diversionary options. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the series examines pre-conviction diversion options, provides clarity around their purposes, guiding principles, and explores their public safety and other benefits.  You can find the new articles here. 

Aaron Johnson Appointed as Chair of the Education Committee
Please join NAPSA in congratulating Aaron Johnson as the new Chair of the Education Committee.  Aaron has been a valued member of the Education Committee for a number of years.  He graciously agreed to take over as Chair effective November 1, 2019.  NAPSA also thanks the departing Education Committee Chair, Brian Brittain.  Brian has been the Education Committee Chair for the past four years and he has done a tremendous job.  Brian has agreed to stay on the Education Committee as the Board Liaison member.  Aaron is the Director of Personal Bonds and Collections in Galveston County, Texas.  Prior to assuming this position, he was the Pretrial Manager in Santa Clara County, California.  Brian is the current Pretrial Manager in Volusia County, Florida.
NAPSA Conference a Huge Success
784 Pretrial professionals descended on San Diego, California to participate in the 47th Annual Conference and Training Institute. Not only was this a record attendance for a NAPSA Conference, but it helped to create an electric and passionate atmosphere to learn, share and teach about Pretrial Justice and the reform efforts occurring throughout the United States. The NAPSA Board of Directors thanks attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors for a great conference!
Conference Presentations
Workshop presentations shared by the conference faculty have been posted to the NAPSA website. You can find them here.
Keynote Speaker: James Cadogan, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Ventures
Read James Cadogan’s full remarks from his very inspiring keynote presentation at the NAPSA Conference: “The Promise of Public Safety: Seizing the Moment in Pretrial Justice.”
Atlanta Here We Come!
Save the date. The 48th Annual Conference and Training Institute will be held September 13-16, 2020 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.
NAPSA 2019 Election: At-Large Director
NAPSA will open its annual election on October 1, 2019 for the position of At-Large Director on the NAPSA Board of Directors. All members in good standing at the time of the election will be permitted to vote for this position. The election will be conducted electronically and will close October 23, 2019.  Learn more about the candidates here.
Former Chief Justice Recognized for Work on Pretrial Justice
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NEW Publication: Using Front End Interventions to Achieve Public Safety and Healthy Communities 
The symposium highlighted promising law enforcement, prosecutorial, and judicial interventions at the pretrial stage and promoted dialogue among justice practitioners on how front-end interventions could fit within an evidence-based, harm reduction-focused criminal justice framework. As illustrated above, participants at the symposium learned about and considered various alternative approaches to increasing public safety and addressing health issues facing their communities. They also shared their experiences with—and perspectives on—implementing front-end interventions in their own jurisdictions. Publication now available here.
NAPSA YouTube Channel 
Visit the NAPSA YouTube Channel to watch the recorded Keynote and Plenary sessions from the conference.
New PSA Website
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) announced the launch of the first Public Safety Assessment (PSA) website,, which offers interested jurisdictions a robust array of resources to support implementation of the PSA. The resources have been carefully developed in partnership with technical assistance providers, current PSA jurisdiction leaders, and other valued stakeholders.
Certification Testing
The NAPSA Board of Directors and Education Committee are pleased to announce on-demand testing for its Certified Pretrial Services Professionals (CPSP) certification exam. The twice-yearly exam is being replaced with a new on-line testing platform that allows pretrial professionals to take the exam throughout the year to better meet their individual schedules.  Interested persons need to complete necessary forms and make payment to NAPSA. Once approved, practitioners will be provided a link to the testing platform to complete the exam. For more information click here.