Press Releases

  • Guest Blog: The Myth of the Electronic Monitor (12/12/2018)

    By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program


    The first time I saw an electronic ankle monitor was 2009. Unfortunately, it was on my own leg. After six and a half years in prison, I figured this little band of plastic wasn’t going to be much of a hindrance. Wrong.

    For my first week of “freedom,” I was only allowed out of the house Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. I didn’t feel too free. The more I kept looking at my ankle, the more questions I had. They told me the device only tracked my location, but how was I to know it wasn’t listening to my conversations? When I went to sleep at night, I kept having visions that my parole officer was lying across the foot of my bed looking up at me. I knew he wasn’t there, but the vision wouldn’t go away.

    I ended up spending a year on this device. Eventually I adjusted (sort of) but I never stopped asking questions. I had to give my parole officer a list of all my movements two weeks in advance, specifying time and place. Any deviations from the list and I could be back watching my incarcerated brothers slamming dominoes in the prison day room. No spontaneous walks around the block to get some fresh air, no midnight pizza runs. How much sense did that make? I had done my time in prison, why should I have to do more time in my living room? (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 […]