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Motley Speaker Series - Race, Pretrial Detention, and Disparate Outcomes

Thursday, December 7, 2023
5:30 pm7:30 pm

When it comes to pretrial release decisions, we know that anecdotally, race appears to be a factor in determining who is held and who is released. But research in this area confirms that behind these anecdotes is indeed hard data—statistics demonstrate the stark racial disparities and practical realities of who is held pretrial. This panel discussion will explore that research, laying out the framework for these decisions as well as the risk assessment tools used as part of the calculation. And we’ll take it further—exploring how the limitations of these risk assessment tools lead straight to inequality in the ultimate outcomes for these cases, and whether there is anything in the process or at the state legislative level that we can do to fix it.

Cost: Free

CT: 2.0 CLE Credits (Ethics)