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

 
We Have Moved to a New Office!  
Please note our new address: 777 6th Street NW, 11th Floor Washington, DC 20001
 
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. 
 
Conference Presentations
Workshop presentations shared by the conference faculty have been posted to the NAPSA website. You can find them here.
 
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.
 
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, www.psapretrial.org, 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.