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The Pretrial Policy Fellows Program

December 2, 2022

The Pretrial Policy Fellows Program is a year-long peer-learning opportunity designed to support legislators on a variety of policy topics related pretrial policy. The program includes two in-person meetings with additional virtual and educational opportunities. The in-person kick-off meeting was held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in New Orleans, with a second in-person meeting in December 2023.

Meeting Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of pretrial policy and research.
  • Build connections with your legislative peers.
  • Have time to develop individual action plans related to pretrial policy.
  • Receive NCSL staff support and technical assistance.
  • Have access to a network of experts on pretrial policy.

Meet the Fellows

  • Monique Appeaning, fiscal analyst, Louisiana
  • Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Ill.)
  • Daniel Druilhet, fiscal analyst, Louisiana
  • Sen. Amy Galey (R-N.C.)
  • Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Ohio)
  • Rep. Sonny Ganaden (D-Hawaii)
  • Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Wash.)
  • Sen. Briggs Hopson (R-Miss.)
  • Scott Kelly, chief of staff to Sen. Van Wangaard, Wisconsin
  • Sen. Ryan Lynch (D-Mont.)
  • Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-S.C.)
  • Rep. Joseph A. Marino III (I-La.)
  • Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Del.)
  • Rep. Thomas Reynolds (D-Miss.)
  • Rep. Sheila Stubbs (D-Wis.)
  • Rep. Barry Usher (R-Mont.)
  • Rep. Mike Weissman (D-Colo.)

Kickoff Meeting Resources | Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2022

  • Trends From then to Now
    • Matt Alsdorf, Advancing Pretrial Practice Research Initiative, Center for Effective Public Policy | Presentation
    • Amber Widgery, NCSL | Presentation
  • Pretrial Services
    • Spurgeon Kennedy, Crime and Justice Institute | Presentation
  • Legal Frameworks of Pretrial Release
  • First Appearance Overview and Breakout Discussion
  • Conditions of Release Overview and Breakout Discussion
  • State Study: Michigan


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