Pretrial Justice Institute Applauds Passage of Connecticut Bail Reform Legislation


For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (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, chief executive officer of the Pretrial Justice Institute, issued the following statement:

“Governor Malloy’s commitment to  moving Connecticut away from money bail is a testament to his strong leadership, and the Pretrial Justice Institute is proud to be partnering with him on our 3DaysCount campaign to improve pretrial justice in 20 states by 2020. Money bail discriminates against poor and working class people and wastes taxpayer resources. Research shows that it leads to worse outcomes for low-risk individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system while also making our communities less safe by allowing dangerous people with money to buy their way of jail. The passage of this bipartisan legislation curbing the use of money bail is an important step toward making Connecticut’s justice system safer, fairer, and more effective.”

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Cherise Fanno Burdeen leads the Pretrial Justice Institute, a national organization working to advance safe, fair, and effective pretrial justice that honors and protects all people. Her analysis has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,  The New Yorker, The Economist,   The Atlantic, NewsMax, Reason, and The Washington Post.

To schedule an interview or learn more about The Pretrial Justice Institute, please contact Fiona Druge at or (646) 755-6126.

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