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​A new report out of Texas A&M on the Wichita County Defenders Office is shining a great deal of light on the inequalities in the criminal justice system especially at the front end of the system. The report states: (more…)

There are some in the bail reform movement, myself included, who claim we have entered the third generation of bail reform. The first started in the 1960s with the Vera Personal Recognizance experiment, the Supreme Court ruling that bail must be individualized[1], and the Bail Reform Act of 1966 focusing bail on appearance in court. During that time, the first ever National Pretrial Symposium was convened where Bobby Kennedy said: (more…)

Much has been written about Maurice Clemmons, the man who killed four police officers while out on bond last November in Lakewood, Washington. Recriminations have been cast on all parties involved, and in particular on the bond company, Jail Sucks Jail Bonds, who released Clemmons after accepting a reduced bond payment. Interestingly, critics have focused on Clemmons’ shaky financial circumstances and seem to believe that Jail Sucks should have recognized Clemmons’ inability to pay the full ten percent deposit, the figure typically required by bondsmen, as evidence of his unfitness for release. (more…)