Bringing the Law Enforcement Voice to the Pretrial Justice Reform Conversation

Point of arrest decisions have a dramatic effect on the entire justice continuum, but at a time when significant pretrial justice reform discussions are happening nationally, law enforcement is often not part of the conversation. This week, IACP representatives and partners had the unique opportunity to share law enforcement perspective on pretrial justice issues by presenting three workshops at the 2015 National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Partners Workshop LE Breakout WardChief Mike Ward of the Alexandria, Kentucky, Police Department joined Commissioner Kevin Bouchey of Yakima County, Washington and Andy Fogle, Supervisor of the Division of Correction in Marion County, Indiana, to discuss forming partnerships to implement pretrial justice reforms. During a well-attended breakout session on law enforcement issues, we discussed how to initiate partnerships between local agencies, how to get buy-in from line level officers, and what practices are working well in local jurisdictions.

Chief Jeff Swoboda of the Elgin, Illinois, Police Department; Captain Dan Bresina of the Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Sheriff’s Office; and Joel Bishop, Manager of Mesa County, Colorado, Criminal Justice Services talked about strategies for reducing arrests through citation in lieu of arrest and risk assessment strategies.

VSC Presentation PanelIACP Victims Services Committee Chair Chief David Porter of the Dewitt, Iowa, Police Department and committee member Scott Snow, Director of the Victim Assistance Unit of the Denver, Colorado, Police Department, joined Judge Gregory Donat of the Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Superior Court and Allison Tapia, Pretrial Intake Supervisor for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, to share promising practices for ensuring that victims’ rights are a top priority during the pretrial phase. Their presentation was based on the IACP Victims Services Committee’s recently released briefing paper Law Enforcement’s Role in Supporting Victims Needs through Pretrial Justice Reform.

These three workshops covered just a few of the ways that law enforcement is getting involved with pretrial justice reform. Learn more about law enforcement’s leadership role promoting effective pretrial reform at http://www.theiacp.org/Pretrial-Justice-Reform-Initiative

What do you have to add to the pretrial justice reform conversation? Join us at the Pretrial Justice Reform Roundtable at the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30am-11:30am in room W176BC.

For more information contact Jennifer Styles at styles@theiacp.org or 703-647-6804.

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