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A Pivotal Moment in the Movement for Pretrial Justice

14 Jun 2017

By Cherise Fanno Burdeen

The past few years have brought stunning successes in the movement to improve pretrial justice in America. We have seen, among other things, two state constitutional amendments allowing for the movement away from money bond; a growing

Pretrial Justice Institute Applauds Passage of Connecticut Bail Reform Legislation

07 Jun 2017

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com, (646) 755-6126

Reducing Use of Money Bail Advances Public Safety and Equality in Connecticut
In response to the passage of bail reform legislation in Connecticut last night, Cherise Fanno Burdeen,

Landmark Bail Reform Bill Passed by California State Senate

31 May 2017

For Immediate Release: May 31, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge, Fiona.Druge@berlinrosen.com, (646) 755-6126

Statement from the Pretrial Justice Institute
Today, money bail reform legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Hertzberg passed the state Senate. A companion bill from Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Another Commonsense Solution: Improving Procedural Justice

31 May 2017

People of color are disproportionately represented in criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom (UK) just as they are in the United States. That’s why a new report by the UK-based non-profit organization, Catch22—a group that has provided public service

Lessons from the Field: New Jersey

16 May 2017

Earlier this month, PJI released an edited interview with Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and one of the leaders of the successful effort to pass sweeping pretrial legislation in 2014. Improving Pretrial Justice

Harris County Bail Ruling is a Victory for Justice and Safety, Says Pretrial Justice Institute

03 May 2017

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2017
Contact: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com,
Texas Federal Judge Rules County’s Money Bail System is Unconstitutional
In response to a ruling from Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordering Harris County, Texas to stop jailing