People charged—but not convicted—of crimes often have to wait weeks to see a judge if they’re too poor to pay for their freedom.
Magistrates don’t care whether defendants can pay, leaving the indigent stuck in jail before they’re ever convicted.
New Jersey is detaining almost half as many people pretrial, and the state is not seeing a big crime wave.
Justices leave intact a ruling allowing detention for 48 hours of those who cannot immediately pay for their release.
Better evidence sharing and a dramatic drop in cash bail demands will help defendants challenge charges.
Conservative majority declines to consider constitutional concerns of holding noncitizens without hearings.
Magistrates are supposed to consider the financial concerns of people who come before them. Instead they're tossing them behind bars.
Very high cash demands disrupt defendants' lives without improving public safety.
Defendants aren't being ordered to pay for their freedom, and they're still coming back for court appearances.
Class action claim contends 85 percent of people jailed before trial simply cannot afford to pay and aren't offered alternatives.
It has been nearly four years since the young man passed away.
Harris County, Texas, Flashpoint of Bail Reform Battles, Will Mostly Eliminate Cash Demands in Minor Cases
Lawsuits playing out for three years spotlight how poor people end up trapped in jail even before being convicted.
Industry representatives succeed in forcing a referendum on reforms passed by lawmakers.
2018 was a mixed bag, but that means there was still a lot of good news.
Taxpayers shell out big time to keep poor folks who haven't even been convicted of crimes behind bars.
She had a history of mental illness, and was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing in July.
Money is no longer needed to get out of jail. This hasn't resulted in danger to the community.
How an unscientific field test and the bail system stripped a Georgia grandmother of justice.
Organization helps poor people cover costs to get out of jail before their trials. Why is this a problem?
Some people don't belong behind bars. This celebrity-launched criminal justice reform group wants to free them.
A law signed in August will eliminate cash bail entirely in the Golden State, and quite a few jobs in the process.
The 'Frightening and High' Factoid About Sex Offender Recidivism Still Stalks Courts Across the Land, Completely Untethered From Actual Numbers
Justice Anthony Kennedy's bogus 2002 claim figures prominently in defenses of an Arizona bail ban.
My co-authored amicus brief urges the Supreme Court to review the issue of whether Arizona can deny bail to accused sex offenders where "proof" of sexual assault "is evident or the presumption great."
As more reforms take hold, expect more challenges-especially if states end up detaining more people.
The number of people being detained prior to trial has tripled over the course of three decades.
Headlines like this are appallingly common.
First and Last ignores the absurdity that many of its subjects are imprisoned, not to mention Gwinnett County Jail's own troubled record.
California Eliminated Cash Bail. Now Activists and Defenders Have to Make Sure the Replacement Isn't Worse.
The Golden State has a year to implement a new pretrial system, and there's a fear it could lead to more detentions.
Bail reform is a good idea, but California lawmakers turned it into one hot mess.
The group fears the bill wouldn't really reduce unneeded pretrial detentions of the poor.
Changes in a bill have caused civil rights representatives to take a step back.
In many cases the sentence for missing a payment is harsher than the original conviction.
When half of a court's funding comes from criminal defendants, incentives get twisted.
Data and algorithms can help end biases, but they can also help perpetuate them.
"Our destructive and unjust cash bail process is part of our broken criminal justice system and must be ended."
Is a mom who passed drugs along to her infant via breastfeeding a real community threat?
How America's bail system traps poor people in jail
People don't like the idea of people who haven't been convicted yet being stuck in jail because they can't pay
No constitutional right to pay cash for freedom if there are alternatives
Would she have gotten a better deal if she hadn't been denied bail?
Bail revoked for breaking one of the fundamental rules: Don't meddle with the court case.
Judges were told not require cash bail from defendants who were too poor to pay. Instead they're not offering bail at all.
Magistrates don't consider risk or ability to pay, leaving a system where people are stuck if they're poor.
Potential pretrial reforms for those locked up in Nashville, Atlanta, Philly, or the Golden State.
A new poll says voters want change. They can get it if they truly want it.
A new report gives the country a D for its pretrial justice system. But there are reasons to be optimistic.