Legislation

  • Voices with Impact (6/26/2019)

    By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program

    There is an orthodoxy that changing laws should be left in the hands of legislators, lawyers and policy experts. But our recent campaign around changing electronic monitoring (EM) laws in Illinois provides another clear example of why the voice and participation of impacted people adds a key dimension to the process of policy change. Though this legislation focused on the state’s use of EM after people had completed their sentences, there are real lessons for folks working on pretrial legislation. (more…)


04/18/2019

What the New Jersey Report Shows Us

Six years ago, a major catalyst for pretrial reform in New Jersey came in the form of a report showing that nearly 40 percent of people […]
11/01/2017

The State of Pretrial Justice in America

The Pretrial Justice Institute released the first-ever effort to gauge the quality of pretrial practice and outcomes across the United States. The State of Pretrial Justice […]
07/20/2017

New Jersey’s New and Improved Bail System Explained on NPR’s ‘Planet Money’

“Planet Money,” NPR’s popular podcast (“The Economy Explained”), recently explored New Jersey’s shift away from money-based pretrial justice. Episode 783: New Jersey Bails Out is worth […]
11/10/2016

New Mexico and Oklahoma pass commonsense pretrial reform

While most eyes were focused on Tuesday’s presidential and congressional races, at least two measures passed at the state level that will help improve pretrial justice. […]
08/05/2014

Legislature Passes Historic Overhaul of Bail System in New Jersey

On Monday August 4, 2014 the New Jersey Legislature greatly improved the state’s criminal justice system when it passed two important pieces of legislation that will […]