NAPSA Conference Registration to Open in May
In early May, NAPSA will open registration for the 47th Annual Conference and Traning Institute. Registration materials will include a link to the online conference registration portal, information regarding the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina and local transportation. Make plans to join us in beautiful San Diego! 
DeKalb County IL Achieves Agency Accreditation
On April 1, 2019 the NAPSA Board of Directors awarded Accreditation to DeKalb County Pretrial Services, making them only the fourth such jurisdiction to achieve this high honor. In a letter to the jurisdiction, NAPSA President Jeff Kilpatrick noted that “DeKalb County is in full compliance with all 39 of the 39 Accreditation Standards, including all the optional standards.” To learn more about NAPSA Accreditation for your agency, please click here. To see the letter congratulating DeKalb County, IL, please click here.
Texas Association of Pretrial Services Annual Conference
The 6th Annual Texas Association of Pretrial Services Conference and Training Institute will be held May 9-10, 2019, in west Austin at Lakeway Resort, Spa and Conference Center and will once again be a seminal conference and training event with great speakers and presenters covering many important state/national pretrial and diversion topics/trends. This will be a very timely and informative conference considering all the current national/state trends and reforms in the field, as well as the many related legislative activities and civil suits.
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 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) Level One 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.