December 4 Special Meeting Pretrial Processes Workgroup


The Pretrial Processes Workgroup is a subgroup of the Legal and Justice Committee focused on developing a pretrial release assessment tool and monitoring unit for Superior Court. Participants include representatives from Superior and District Courts, the Prosecutor's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the small Cities, and members of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force. 

The work group has been working on two important improvements: (1) implementing a pretrial risk assessment instrument to guide Superior Court judicial officers in making better decisions to release persons from jail while they await their trials, and (2) developing a pretrial services unit to support and monitor the people who are released.  


The Workgroup will hold a special meeting to discuss concerns about embedded (also, implicit or secondary) bias and inequities in a pretrial risk assessment tool and how a pretrial risk assessment tool could and should be used in local courts to decide whether and under what conditions someone charged with a crime will be released while awaiting trial.

The meeting is on December 4, noon to 1:30 PM at the Bellingham Municipal Court Fireplace Room, 625 Halleck Street, Bellingham.