NAPSA Announcement: Standards for Pretrial Release and Risk Assessment Instruments
The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its National Standards for Pretrial Release: Revised 2020. Perhaps the most striking addition to the 2020 Standards, and the most topical within the pretrial reform movement, is our recommendation that justice systems adopt empirically developed pretrial risk assessments.
 
See the full announcement 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.