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Welcome to BJA NTTAC's TTA Today blog! TTA Today posts tell the story of training and technical assistance (TTA) engagements through individual perspectives, including those of DOJ and BJA leaders, staff, technical assistance providers, subject matter experts, community members, and other relevant stakeholders. These posts serve as an informal venue to share relevant updates or best practices from the criminal justice community, as well as to feature first-hand accounts of how TTA impacts state, local, and tribal communities across the nation.

The Bronx, New York community is a vibrant melting pot of individuals from many cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities. Despite the county being as large as most major cities—the Bronx has a population of roughly 1.2 million people—it has historically been under-resourced and continues to be today, including in social services and education. When District Attorney Darcel Denise Clark (DA Clark) took office in January 2016, she outlined a new vision and plan to modernize the Office of the Bronx District Attorney (Bronx DA’s Office).

In June 2020, the Center for Court Innovation released the report “Reducing Pretrial Detention in New York City: Data-Driven Strategies for Decarceration” by Michael Rempel and Tia Pooler. The report notes that 65 percent of arrested individuals in the United States and 75 percent of arrested individuals in New York City (as of 2019) are held in local jails pretrial and prior to conviction.