In Iowa, an experiment is coming to an end. At the end of December, a program in place in several counties to determine in which cases it's safe to release defendants as they await trial will end. … [Read more...] about Iowa Test of Pretrial Risk Assessment Ends
Following a legislative mandate to move from a cash bail system to one that determines whether arrestees should be released pending trial, the state of Delaware is moving to implement that … [Read more...] about New Bail Reform Rules in Delaware – Where Will This Head?
Previously only the purview of legislators, it appears that California is seeing judges step squarely into the fray over bail reform. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has noted that bail overhaul is … [Read more...] about Judges Making Laws in California on Bail Bonds?
A public defender in Minnesota laments the conditions at a local prison. He sees women in jail for no other reason than an inability to pay for their bail. For Dan Lew, the Northeastern Minnesota … [Read more...] about Minnesota Sees Bail Reform Rhetoric Heating Up
The purpose of bail is to make sure the defendant shows up at scheduled court hearings. Of course, by the time a defendant is thinking about future court dates, they've more than likely already been … [Read more...] about What Happens at a Bail Hearing?
In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker is calling for a new initiative that will allow district attorneys to consider how dangerous an arrestee is when determining if they will be held in jail until … [Read more...] about In Massachusetts, Violent Criminals to Be Kept Off Streets