The Arnold Ventures Philanthropic Foundation
is sponsoring a new grant program for
Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research (APPR) in Trial Courts
The Laura and John Arnold Foundaon (a/k/a Arnold Ventures Philanthropic Foundaon), founded in 2010, has a mission to improve lives through evidence-based soluons in the fields of criminal jusce, health care, educaon and public finance. One of the Foundaon’s primary interests has been funding technical assistance to courts, judges, prosecutors and public defenders to imple- ment and evaluate transformave new pracces to eliminate unjust pretrial detenon. In doing so, the Foundaon supports a group of reputable nonprofit consultancies, researchers, policy experts and advocates known as the Naonal Partnership for Pretrial Jusce. Partnership members include such organizaons as the Naonal Center for State Courts, Center for Effecve Public Policy, ABA, Center for Court Innovaon, Rand Corporaon, and various universies (i.e. Stanford, University of Notre Dame, University of California, Berkeley, etc.)
Trial court jurisdicons interested in revamping and upgrading their pretrial services funcons through working with technical assistance (TA) providers and peer praconers, who have success- fully implemented various pretrial jusce reforms, are invited to apply to be “Learning Sites.” Each learning site selected will receive at no cost 16-months of TA and coaching that will examine their pretrial system, idenfy improvements, and implement the Arnold-developed Public Safety Assess- ment (PSA) tool, a pretrial risk assessment instrument for use by judicial officers that produces a score represenng the likelihood an arrested defendant will commit a new crime or will fail to appear for a future court appearance.
The Advancing Pretrial Policy and Research (APPR) technical assistance teams began working with the first Learning Sites in July 2020. Those pilot sites included Douglas County, Nebraska (Omaha); Dade County, Florida (Miami); Williamson County, Texas (Ausn suburb); Wake County, North Carolina (Raleigh); and the City of Youngstown, Ohio.
APPR will be presenng an informaonal, no obligaon webinar on December 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EST) to discuss the Learning Sites project, answer quesons about the assistance offered, and review the process for jurisdicons in applying to become a project site. If interested, applica- ons must be submied by January 15, 2021 or February 26, 2021 to be considered for the program that will begin in early 2021. Jurisdicons selected will work with TA providers and peer praconers through an online workspace.
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