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What if the Question of Pretrial Safety Was Two-Sided?

pre-trial decisions and safety

“Decarceration makes us safer—with or without the context of a pandemic.” — Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia

The decision whether to release someone pretrial often relies on the perceived risk to the community. However, research shows that time in jail creates its own risks to the safety and well-being of the person detained, their families, and the communities they eventually return to. This 30-minute conversation — our third in an eight-part series — explores what pretrial decisions would look like if we took a broader view of safety?