California Probation Chiefs and Pretrial Justice Institute Release First of Its Kind Pretrial Implementation Toolkit

CPOC President Chief Stephanie James

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) announced the release of Effective Pretrial Practices Implementation Toolkit – a first of its kind guideline for California probation departments to implement successful pretrial programs. The toolkit was developed in partnership with the Chief Probation Officers of California and the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).

“This was a huge undertaking and we are so proud to partner with such renowned experts in pretrial services as PJI,” CPOC President Chief Stephanie James said.  “As experts in assessing and mitigating risk, probation is the natural choice for pretrial assessment and monitoring functions. Probation has the expertise needed for successful pretrial services that protect public safety, enhance liberty and help mitigate life disruptions for low risk offenders. This toolkit incorporates both state and national best practices and is an extremely valuable resource to implement effective pretrial programs for all Californians.”

The Effective Pretrial Practices Implementation Toolkit is intended to provide a high-level updated overview of key topics in local pretrial justice, along with analysis, practice guidance, and resources for Chief Probation Officers. As Chairs of the Community Corrections Partnerships, California’s Chief Probation Officers are well-positioned to convene pretrial stakeholders, examine local pretrial decision points, and identify opportunities for improvement.

While the definitive future of pretrial justice in California is uncertain, as stakeholders await the fate of SB 10, subject to a referendum in November 2020, and the case of In re Humphrey, which is pending before the state Supreme Court, there is still opportunity to implement state-of-the-art, legally sound, and research-based pretrial practices. Many probation departments in California already run robust and effective pretrial programs that enhance individual liberty, community safety and return to court. 

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PJI is a national, non-profit organization working for safe, fair, and effective juvenile and adult pretrial justice by promoting reforms in policing, bail, and diversion practices and policies.