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GPL Presents on its Work with Judges in Harris County, Texas to Reduce Pretrial Condition Use

This Spring, GPL Fellow Hena Rafiq presented at the Texas Association of Pretrial Services Conference with pretrial expert and Harris County Pretrial Services (HCPS) Division Manager Janey Smith. Hena and Janey presented to pretrial practitioners from across Texas about their work with judges at HCPS to reduce the use of pretrial conditions such as drug testing and alcohol or electronic monitoring devices through step-downs. Step-down programs allow judges to regularly review the conditions under which defendants are placed upon being charged and make adjustments based on defendants’...

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The City of Saint Paul seeks to reimagine emergency response with support from the GPL

Advancing a "community-first" approach to public safety

 

During the past year the U.S. saw a significant increase in racial justice activism, including a growing chorus of residents calling on governments to transform public safety systems. The City of Saint Paul, Minnesota has been engaged in this work since 2018, when it started increasing investments in “...

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