Claire Brooker is a criminal justice system analyst specializing in pretrial justice. She served for nearly eight years as staff to the Jefferson County, Colorado Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, a policy level entity made up of local criminal justice leaders, county government officials, and others with a stake in system-wide justice system improvements. Ms. Brooker’s work has primarily focused on helping criminal justice decision makers understand and improve bail administration and pretrial processes to better align them with legal and evidence-based practices. She served as a consultant to the drafters of Colorado’s new statutory pretrial reporting requirements, and has worked with practitioners in Jefferson County and across the state as they created new data collection and reporting capabilities to comply with the statutory requirements. In 2012, she also served as a consultant to the Bail Subcommittee of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, which drafted pretrial best-practice recommendations ultimately leading to significant revisions to Colorado’s bail statute.
Ms. Brooker has co-authored many foundational pretrial documents, including The History of Bail and Pretrial Release (Pretrial Justice Institute 2010) and Glossary of Terms and Phrases Relating to Bail and the Pretrial Release or Detention Decision (Pretrial Justice Institute 2011). She has also co-authored several documents describing bail reform in Jefferson County, including a preliminary overview presented at the National Symposium on Pretrial Justice in 2011. Prior to her work for Jefferson County, Ms. Brooker worked as a legislative auditor for the Colorado Office of the State Auditor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. Norbert College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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