Appointments: Peter Kiers to Acting Director, Richard Peterson to Acting Deputy Director

Posted May 13, 2016

Upon the retirement of Jerry McElroy as CJA's Executive Director, Peter C. Kiers has been appointed Acting Executive Director of the Agency.  Peter also retains his position as Director of the Operations Department.  He has been with the Agency for 28 years, and previously worked for...  read more

Acting Director Peter Kiers at NIC Meeting in DC

Posted May 13, 2016

Peter Kiers attended the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Pretrial Executive Network meeting in Washington, DC, on May 9 – 11, 2016.  The Network meets twice yearly to discuss pretrial practice around the country, with an eye toward promoting fair pretrial outcomes.  The three...  read more

Legal Outcomes And Pretrial Misconduct Of Manhattan Supervised Release Clients

Posted May 11, 2016

This report compares Manhattan Supervised Release clients with non-participant defendants and cases with similar characteristics.  It finds that program participation does not affect conviction rates but MSR clients are far less likely to receive incarceration sentences than comparison group...  read more

CJA Welcomes New Interviewer Class

Posted May 11, 2016

On May 6, ten new ROR Interviewer trainees successfully completed and graduated from CJA’s two-week orientation and training course.  During the 10-day training, new interviewers are introduced to the Agency’s mission of reducing unnecessary pretrial detention, the history of...  read more

Farewell to Jerry McElroy

Posted May 2, 2016

With much sadness and gratitude, CJA and leaders of pretrial justice around the country said good-bye to Jerome E. McElroy after 27 years in which he led the Agency as Executive Director.  Jerry’s retirement at the end of April was marked by two celebrations:  one for CJA staff on...  read more

Latest CJA Annual Report Now Available

Posted Apr 1, 2016

Today CJA released its 2014 Annual Report, providing data on CJA activities and New York City arrests. The report covers 2014 arrests, including data on interview volume, release recommendation, demographics, charges, arraignment outcomes, bail amounts, pretrial release, failure to appear (FTA), and...  read more

CJA Hosts Second Visit By Chinese Criminal Justice Experts

Posted Apr 1, 2016

A group of Chinese legal scholars and lawyers visited the Bronx Criminal Court on Thursday, March 24, 2016, to tour the facility and get a first-hand look at the arrest-to-arraignment process, as well as CJA’s pre and post-arraignment involvement.  The Chinese experts, headed by DAN Wei,...  read more

More On Homeless Arrestees: New Research Examines Re-Arrest

Posted Feb 8, 2016

This research brief reports that within one year of defendants’ release from custody in 2013, 60% of the street homeless, 50% of the shelter homeless, and 29% of the non-homeless in New York City were re-arrested for a new offense.  To a large extent, their higher re-arrest rates are due...  read more