Press Releases

  • What the New Jersey Report Shows Us (4/18/2019)

    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 in jail in New Jersey were there because they could not afford bail. Several years – and a long road – later, New Jersey passed laws to provide sweeping changes to their pretrial justice policies and practices. Since January 1, 2017, when new laws went into effect, we have been watching for the outcomes of these changes, not just in terms of reducing arrests (bookings) and replacing cash bail, but in restricting detention and raising equity. We also needed to see rates of court appearance and public safety – the two purposes of the bail decision. We wanted data from the courts. And now, we have it.

    As a result of expanded use of citations-summons, the jail population has declined significantly. Since 2015, when preparation for pretrial reforms began, the pretrial jail population has fallen by nearly 44 percent. Money bonds have been functionally eliminated and de-facto detention to due an inability to pay has nearly disappeared. The few held for detention hearings are afforded full due process and then some are released with conditions of supervision. In 2018, the rate of pretrial detention was roughly 6 percent, meaning 94 percent of people were able to participate in their defense from home, with family, at their jobs, or in school, where they were best equipped to do so. The appearance rate in 2017, the most recent year cited in the report, was nearly 90 percent, only a slight decrease from before the reform. (more…)


12/21/2018

Death in Bexar County Jail Highlights Need to Replace Money Bail and Address Dangerous Lack of Mental Health Services in Jails

For Immediate Release: December 21, 2018 Contact: Katie Nelson, katie@pretrial.org | 571-643-88801 The criminal justice system’s failure to address mental health needs is a public health crisis. On December […]
12/20/2018

Statewide Poll on Bail Reform Shows North Carolina Voters Are Ready to Improve Pretrial Justice

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Stacia Komosinski, media contact for Charles Koch Institute, stacia.komosinski@cki.org | 571-243-6987   Results […]
11/15/2018

Statewide Poll on Bail Reform Shows Texas Voters Ready to Improve Pretrial Justice

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Caroline Espinosa, deputy director for Right on Crime, cespinosa@texaspolicy.com |512-472-2700 Kelli […]
10/31/2018

Statewide Poll on Bail Reform Shows Georgia Voters Ready to Improve Pretrial Justice

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Results Highlight Emerging Issues in Local and National Political Debates […]
10/31/2018

Nationwide Poll on Bail Reform Shows African-American Voters Are Ready to Improve Pretrial Justice

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Donald R. Cravins, Jr., media contact for the Washington Bureau […]
10/16/2018

Statewide Poll on Bail Reform Shows Florida Voters Are Ready to Improve Pretrial Justice

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Logan Padgett, media contact for James Madison Institute, lpadgett@jamesmadison.org | 850-386-3131 Results […]
10/15/2018

Death in Sussex County, Delaware Jail Underscores Need to End Money Bond

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Death in Sussex County, Delaware Jail Underscores Need to End […]
10/01/2018

National Poll on Bail Reform Shows Latinx Voters Are Ready to Improve Pretrial Justice

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2018 Contact:  Ben Schaefer, media contact for Pretrial Justice Institute, ben.schaefer@berlinrosen.com | 646-200-5284 Christiaan Perez, media contact for  LatinoJustice PRLDEF, cperez@latinojustice.org | 212-739-7581 Results Announced […]
10/01/2018

Pretrial Justice Institute to Conduct National Survey of Pretrial Practices

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2018 Contact: Fiona Druge, Fiona.Druge@berlinrosen.com | 646-755-6126   Survey will look at key issues as states move away from money bond Washington, D.C.—The Pretrial […]