Webinar - Expanding Pretrial Release in the Age of COVID-19


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm


Online Webinar

Expanding Pretrial Release in the Age of COVID-19


Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT

Register here.

Format: Free non-CLE Webinar
Joint Sponsors: ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent DefendantsABA Criminal Justice Section

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public ServiceABA Section of State and Local Government Law


For years, criminal justice reform efforts have focused on reducing pretrial detention, particularly detention resulting from an inability to pay cash bail.  While many jurisdictions have reduced or eliminated the use of cash bail, particularly for low-level offenses, more than 700,000 people across the country are still detained without having been found guilty of any crime. As COVID-19 has closed or limited courts and postponed jury trials, pretrial detention has become less definite in length. At the same time, concern about the potential spread of COVID-19 in jails has pushed justice system actors to search for ways to reduce jail populations. This webinar will explore several efforts to seek expanded release for those detained pretrial in response to COVID-19.



  • Amelia Cramer  Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney in Tucson, Arizona
  • Lauren Gottesman – Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice, Decarceration Unit, Legal Aid Society of New York 
  • Corey Stoughton  Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice, Special Litigation Unit, Legal Aid Society of New York
  • Andrea Woods  Staff Attorney, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project



  • Malia Brink  Counsel for Indigent Defense, ABA Standing Committee Aid and Indigent Defendants