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Testimony of Cherise Fanno Burdeen Before the New York City Council

24 Jun 2015

Testimony of Cherise Fanno Burdeen
Executive Director, Pretrial Justice Institute
New York City Council, June 17, 2015
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is Cherise Fanno Burdeen, and I am the Executive Director of the Pretrial Justice Institute. PJI has been advancing pretrial reform, including efforts to eliminate cash bail, for more than four decades. It is an honor to be here toda…

They Shouldn’t Be There

24 Jun 2015

By Spike Bradford, editor-in-chief of the Pretrial Justice Institute

Late last year I traveled with photographer David Y. Lee to interview and photograph pretrial defendants in several Maryland county detention centers. We had never met these men and women before. They were recommended to us by local public defenders and the facilities’ administrators. We had asked them to introduce us to “…

Federal Court Finds Use of Secured Cash Bail Unconstitutional

09 Jun 2015

This blog originally appeared in the National Association for Public Defense blog and the Access to Justice Blog on June 5, 2015.

By Alec Karakatsanis, co-founder of Equal Justice Under Law

On June 3, 2015, the federal court in St. Louis, Missouri, issued an injunction ending the use of secured money bail in Velda City and a declaratory judgment affirming that the use of secured money bai…