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Understanding SB10: What the New Law May Mean for Californians

By eliminating money bail in the nation’s most populous state, California’s historic SB10 legislation has sent a clear message that the practice of imposing money bail is unfair, ineffective, and a waste of public resources...#Legislation

Understanding SB10 - PJI 2018.pdf


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"Give Us Free": Addressing Racial Disparities in Bail Determinations - Legislation and Public Policy 2014

This article argues that the bail determination process is a racially unbalanced system due to lack of resources, information, and uniformity along with the improper considerations of the defendants’ race and financial status. This has led to racial disparities as well as jail overcrowding in...

Give Us Free-Addressing Racial Disparities in Bail Determinations - Legislation and Public Policy 2014.pdf


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United States Constitution

#Legislation #Bail #Litigation

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Focus Search - Congress shall have power to enforce this arti- cle by appropriate legislation




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Comprehensive Law Improves Pretrial, Sentencing, and Corrections Policies

On July 11, 2016, Alaska Governor Bill Walker (I) signed into law research-driven legislation that aims to deliver a greater public safety return on the state’s spending...#ResearchData #LawEnforcementJails #Legislation

Alaska's Criminal Justice Reforms- Comprehensive Law Improves Pretrial, Sentencing, and Corrections Policies - Pew 2016.pdf



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Boots and Bail on the Ground: Assessing the Implementation of Misdemeanor Bail Reforms in Georgia - University of Georgia Law Review 2020

The ACLU of Georgia, working with law professors, computer science students, and student and community volunteers, released a study examining how closely Georgia courts complied with four legal requirements set under recent bail reform legislation and litigation: an evaluation of ability to pay; holding an individualized bail hearing that evaluates a person’s finances within 48 hours of arrest; guaranteed release within 48 hours on a misdemeanor charge; and availability of a public defender when bail is set

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Alaska Pretrial Reforms

Alaska's Criminal Justice Reforms- Comprehensive Law Improves Pretrial, Sentencing, and Corrections Policies - Pew 2016 On July 11, 2016, Alaska Governor Bill Walker (I) signed into law research-driven legislation that aims to deliver a greater public safety return on the state’s spending

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Focus Search - The Legislature enacted comprehensive justice reform legislation in 2016 based on the Commission’s recommendations. It then made significant adjustments to the reform legislation in 2017, and further modifications in 2018


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Bail Reform in New York: Legislative Provisions and Implications for New York City - CCI 2019

On April 1, 2019, New York State passed sweeping criminal justice reform legislation that eliminates money bail and pretrial detention for nearly all misdemeanor and nonviolent felony defendants; requires prosecutors to disclose their evidence to the defense earlier in case proceedings; promotes speedy trial rights; and reduces the maximum length of a jail sentence for people convicted of a misdemeanor from one year to 364 days (avoiding deportation exposure for many immigrants convicted of minor crimes)

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Focus Search - The court must release defendants on recognizance unless they pose “a risk of flight.” https://www.courtinnovation.org/areas-of-focus/bail-reform http://www.courtinnovation.org Center for Court Innovation2 The Legislation Allows for Conditions of Release Other Than Money Bail in Certain Circumstances In those cases where a risk of flight exists, the legislation requires judges to set the “least restrictive alternative and condition or conditions that will reasonably assure the principal’s return to court.”



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Links for Feburary 1, 2019 First Friday Forum

Supporting Links for Items Discussed in February 1, 2019 First Friday Forum LEGISLATION Alaska - SB 33 will repeal and replace SB 91, including the use of pretrial assessments http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Text/31?

Santa Clara Case Study (2019).pdf



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Supporting Links for February 1, 2019 First Friday Forum

Supporting Links for Items Discussed in February 1, 2019 First Friday Forum LEGISLATION Alaska - SB 33 will repeal and replace SB 91, including the use of pretrial assessments http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Text/31?