Virginia State Crime Commission Study on Pretrial Services in Virginia: DCJS Action Plan

Purpose: The Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC) conducted a two-year review of how pretrial service agencies in Virginia are managed, operated, and evaluated. As a result of the study, the VSCC presented the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) with recommendations intended to advance the administration of pretrial services. DCJS convened a group of stakeholders from the criminal justice system to review how the pretrial services program is currently administered in the Commonwealth, and to make recommendations to improve the delivery of pretrial services.

VSCC Recommendation #1: DCJS should conduct a formal needs assessment of stakeholders to identify the strengths and weaknesses of pretrial services programs, including: Priorities and expectations of stakeholders; Areas in need of improvement; Integrity of data and reports; Strategic use of resources; and, Future program planning.

VSCC Recommendation #2: DCJS should convene a group of stakeholders, including, Local pretrial directors, Pretrial officers, Representatives from the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association (VCCJA), Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Magistrate Services, Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council (CASC), Indigent Defense Council (IDC), and Any other interested parties, to develop specific recommendations to improve pretrial services.

Virginia Pretrial Services Stakeholder Group

Meeting Date/Time

Meeting Location 

Documents 

3/26/2018
10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room

Meeting Agendaa
VSCC Pretrial Services Study Highlights
VSCC Preliminary Needs Assessment
DCJS Overview of Pretrial Services
Stakeholder list

07/11/2018
9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room 

Meeting Agenda

09/19/2018
9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291 
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room
 

Workgroup A: DCJS should convene a group of stakeholders, including, Local pretrial directors, Pretrial officers, Representatives from the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association (VCCJA), Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Magistrate Services, Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council (CASC), Indigent Defense Council (IDC), and any other interested parties, to develop specific recommendations to improve pretrial services.


Work Group A: Magistrate Bail Decision/Static Risk Assessment Instrument
Meeting Date/TimeMeeting Location Documents 

3/26/2018
10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m

1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room   

Meeting Summary

05/15/2018
9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room   

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Summary
The Public Safety Assessment: A Re-Validation and Assessment of Predictive Utility and Differential Prediction by Race and Gender in Kentucky
Arnold Tool Risk Factors
Delaware’s Pretrial Assessment Tool
The Public Safety Checklist and Proxy (Oregon)

Work Group B: Pretrial Investigations, Supervision, Training, and Resources
Meeting Date/TimeMeeting Location Documents 
3/26/2018
10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 
1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room  
Meeting Summary
05/14/2018
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room  
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Summary
06/11/2018
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m
1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Summary
VSCC Defining and Measuring Data Outcomes Presentation
VPRIA and Praxis Overview
Race and Gender Neutral Pretrial Risk Assessment, Release Recommendations, and Supervision
Risk-Based Pretrial Release Recommendation and Supervision Guidelines
In Pursuit of Legal and Evidence-Based Pretrial Release Recommendations and Supervision
Virginia Pretrial Risk Assessment Report
Assessing Risk Among Pretrial Defendants in Virginia: The Virginia Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument

Work Group C: Defining and Measuring Data Outcomes
Meeting Date/TimeMeeting Location Documents 
3/26/2018
10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 
1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building, West Reading Room  
Meeting Summary
05/21/2018
1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
1111 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23291
Patrick Henry Building 

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Summary
VSCC Defining and Measuring Data Outcomes Presentation


Recommendation #3: DCJS should monitor the implementation of the VPRAI-R and Praxis over the next year to examine the effectiveness of these instruments and identify any issues or unintended consequences in the application of these tools.

VSCC Recommendation 3: VPRAI/Praxis Evaluation - Draft Action Plan

Recommendation #4: DCJS should work with localities, pretrial directors, and any other stakeholders to determine a funding formula for grant disbursements to pretrial services agencies.

VSCC Recommendation 4: Funding Formula- Draft Action Plan

Recommendation #5: DCJS should explore options for improving or replacing the case management system used by pretrial services agencies (PTCC).
Recommendation #6: DCJS should monitor the use of the case management system (PTCC) by pretrial services agencies to ensure that: 

VSCC Recommendation 5-6: PTCC- Draft Action Plan