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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2017
Contact: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com, (646) 755-6126; NAPSA, Jim Sawyer, Executive Director, (202) 957-4250

Largest National Association of County Governments (NACo) Unites in Call for Use of Pretrial Risk Assessment & Elimination of Commercial Bail Bonding Industry

Washington DC – At their February 27th annual Legislative Conference, the National Association of Counties (NACo) adopted a policy resolution supporting further improvements to county and state level pretrial justice systems to ensure no one is incarcerated solely because they cannot afford to buy their freedom. Citing the demands of due process and equal protection, NACo called on the U.S. Department of Justice to advise counties and states to make seven concrete improvements, including the adopting pretrial risk assessment and the elimination commercially secured bonds.  (more…)

 

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2017
Contact: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com, (646) 755-6126; Chris Collibee (Office of Governor Dannel Malloy), chris.collibee@ct.gov, (860) 205-7457

3DaysCount Campaign Offers Path to Fairer Outcomes, Greater Public Safety, and Better Use of Public Resources

Connecticut — Governor Dannel Malloy and Cherise Fanno Burdeen, chief executive officer of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), today announced that Connecticut is joining 3DaysCount, a national campaign led by the Pretrial Justice Institute to make pretrial justice in America safer, fairer, and more effective. Connecticut joins Guam and Illinois as the third jurisdiction to join the 3DaysCount campaign, which is focused on implementing proven, evidence-based improvements in pretrial justice—the portion of the criminal justice system that extends from first contact with law enforcement to resolution of any resulting charges. (more…)

 

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017

Contacts: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com | 646.755.6126

Court of Appeals Approves Bail Rule Change

Today, Maryland’s Court of Appeals approved a change to the court rules that govern the state’s money bail system. This reform seeks both to reduce the number of low-risk people who are unfairly and expensively jailed before their trial only because they cannot afford bail and to make it easier for the courts to detain defendants who pose an unmanageable risk to the community. (more…)

 

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2017

Contacts: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com | 646.755.6126

Two New Reports from the Pretrial Justice Institute Analyze Costs of Unnecessary Pretrial Detention

Washington, DC – Two new publications from the Pretrial Justice Institute shed fresh light on the ineffectiveness, public costs, and collateral impact of using money bail in America’s pretrial justice systems.

Pretrial Justice: How Much Does It Cost? is a comprehensive examination of the most recent research on the financial cost of the money bail system. Most people in U.S.  jails—more than 3 in 5—have not yet been to trial. The vast majority of these legally innocent men and women are locked up solely because they cannot afford money bail, not because evidence suggests they pose a risk to the community while they await their trial. This report summarizes the full range of costs that result from current ineffective pretrial justice policies—from the cost of jailing people before trial to the costs poor people incur from the for-profit bail bond industry and the opportunity costs of not adopting research-backed alternatives to money bail.  Highlights include:  (more…)

 

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2017

Contacts: Fiona Druge, fiona.druge@berlinrosen.com | 646.755.6126

Governor Cuomo Advocates for Pretrial Reforms in His Proposed Justice Overhaul

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a package of criminal justice reforms, including improvements to the state money bail system. These proposals aim to overhaul practices that unfairly punish the poor, like the state’s current practice of basing pretrial release decisions on an individual’s ability to pay bail rather than the risk he or she poses to public safety. The legislation Governor Cuomo proposes would allow judges to consider the danger an individual may pose to the community rather than simply flight risk and mandate the use of risk assessment tools in pretrial release decisions that data shows to be unbiased and effective for New York. These reforms—which are evidence-based and reflect national best practices—will help to better ensure higher risk individuals remain behind bars before their trial while lower risk New Yorkers can be released before their trial. (more…)

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