Of course, when I first saw it, my signature wasn’t on it. That is because the folks there were not aware that I had written it, but they were working every day to live by it. It warmed my heart, it really did. A paper I had written nearly 10 years before “Legal and Evidence Based Practices: Application of Legal Principles, Laws, and Research to the Field of Pretrial Services” was being used to guide pretrial professionals in Wayne County (Detroit), Michigan. Much has happened over the past 10 years, there is a lot more ‘evidence’ of what is effective pretrial, but the legal framework has not changed. The six critical legal principles remain the foundation for pretrial practices.
When I mentioned that I wrote these principles in the LEBP paper, they were kind enough to ask me to sign it. I was honored, and still am. Sometimes words do matter. Thanks Wayne County Pretrial Services.