Via the December, 2016 SJI Newsletter
Hosted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Pretrial Justice Center for Courts is a national collaborative initiative featuring the latest efforts to develop and improve pretrial services. Recently, Kentucky Pretrial Services launched a virtual tour aimed at fellow pretrial service providers and those stakeholders new to the Kentucky Court of Justice process.
The Kentucky Supreme Court sought and received support from SJI for this project. Conceived as a means for Kentucky to efficiently transfer knowledge about the program, and reduce both the strain on the Court’s resources and the travel costs of jurisdictional teams from across the U.S., the virtual tour features three main components, including: 1) structure; 2) process; and 3) impact.
Each component has several sections which walk state courts and their partners through the essential elements Kentucky considered when establishing and executing this program. In addition to a self-paced platform, the tour features a resource tab which includes pretrial forms, national research related to pretrial programming, relevant legislation and rulings, Kentucky-issued re-ports, and related websites.
Established in 1976, Kentucky Pretrial Services has served as a model program committed to providing essential services in a fair and effective manner as a defendant’s case makes its way through the courts.