Pretrial Justice Institute Applauds Philadelphia City Council Resolution


For Immediate Release: February 2, 2018

Contact: Fiona Druge,, (646) 755-6126

Moving Away from Money Bail System Would Improve  Public Safety and Equality in Philly

In response to the Philadelphia City Council’s passage of a resolution calling on the District Attorney to reduce the city’s reliance on money bail and the state legislature to end the practice statewide, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Chief Executive Officer of the Pretrial Justice Institute, issued the following statement:

“The Pretrial Justice Institute commends the City Council’s push to improve Philadelphia’s pretrial justice system—and this resolution spotlights the urgent need to move away from the use of money bail for stakeholders statewide. Money bail discriminates against poor and working class people, wastes taxpayer resources, and leads to worse outcomes for people who come into contact with the system while also leaving communities less safe.

“We hope more cities and counties across the country follow the City of Philadelphia's thoughtful lead on this issue—and that state leaders in Pennsylvania and beyond heed their call to action.”



The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) is a national organization working to advance safe, fair, and effective pretrial justice that honors and protects all people.

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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