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Prince George's County: A Study of Bail - Color of Change 2018

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current state of pre-trial incarceration after a 2017 rule change that instructed judges to use bail only as a last resort and instead, consider non-financial conditions of release. Methods of analysis include data collection on pre-trial...

Prince George's County- A Study of Bail - Color of Change 2018.pdf


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Frequency of Signature Bonds in Dane County Criminal Cases: 2012-2016 - Judge Nicholas McNamara 2018

This report was submitted to the Public Protection & Judiciary Committee (PP&J) of the Dane County Board of Supervisors from Judge Nicholas J. McNamara. The Dane County Board of Supervisors is the Legislative branch of the county government in Dane County, Wisconsin. One of the County...

Frequency of Signature Bonds in Dane County Criminal Cases- 2012-2016 - Judge Nicholas McNamara 2018.pdf


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The Impact of Early Representation: An Analysis of the San Francisco Public Defender's Pre-Trial Release Unit - California Policy Lab 2018

In October 2017, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office piloted the Pre-Trial Release Unit (PRU) to enhance access to pre-arraignment legal representation for indigent arrestees. Using data provided by the Office, this study finds the pilot program doubled the likelihood of release at...

The Impact of Early Representation- An Analysis of the San Francisco Public Defender's Pre-Trial Release Unit - California Policy Lab 2018.pdf


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The New Dynamics of Mass Incarceration - Vera 2018

This report and and fact sheet are part of a series that the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) is releasing with the Safety and Justice Challenge—the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative to reduce over incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails....

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Lucas County Ohio April 2018 Update - Safety and Justice Challenge 2018

This is an update report from Lucas County, Ohio, from April, 2018. The Lucas County Safety and Justice Challenge Mission Statement reads as follows: Lucas County is committed to working collaboratively toward a safer, healthier, and more just community through implementation of successful...

Lucas County Ohio April 2018 Update - Safety and Justice Challenge 2018.pdf


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Open Roads and Overflowing Jails: Addressing High Rates of Rural Pretrial Incarceration - Levin & Haugen 2018

The pretrial population of defendants has significantly increased in the U.S., namely in rural areas. Jails in smaller jurisdictions account for an unusually large contribution to jail population growth. This paper examines possible explanations for this growth and recommends ways to reduce...

Open Roads and Overflowing Jails- Addressing High Rates of Rural Pretrial Incarceration - Levin & Haugen 2018.pdf


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Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform - State of Georgia 2018

The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform has submitted this report to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals for full consideration during the 2018 legislative session....

Report of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform - State of Georgia 2018.pdf


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Medicaid Coverage and County Jails: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals - NACo 2018

The National Association of Counties (NACo) released this report to educate federal policymakers on issues around Medicaid and justice-involved individuals. NACo points out that the key messages to advocates are that increasing flexibility in Medicaid: (1) is crucial to helping counties...

Medicaid Coverage and County Jails- Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals - NACo 2018.pdf


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The Effects of Pretrial Detention on Conviction, Future Crime, and Employment- Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges - Dobbie, Goldin & Yang 2018

Abstract: Over 20 percent of prison and jail inmates in the United States are currently awaiting trial, but little is known about the impact of pretrial detention on defendants. This paper uses the detention tendencies of quasi-randomly assigned bail judges to estimate the causal effects of...

The Effects of Pretrial Detention on Conviction, Future Crime, and Employment- Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges - Dobbie, Goldin & Yang 2018.pdf


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Advancing Collaboration, Innovation, & Law Enforcement Diversion for Safer and Healthier People and Communities - PTAC 2017

This flyer provides a brief summary of some of the work done by the PTAC Collaborative around law enforcement diversion. The mission of the PTAC Collaborative is to strategically widen community behavioral health and social service options available through law enforcement diversion. Launched in...

Advancing Collaboration, Innovation, & Law Enforcement Diversion for Safer and Healthier People and Communities - PTAC 2017.pdf


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City Leadership to Reduce the Use of Jails- Framework/Self-Assessment for a Strong Diversion Program - NLC 2018

This framework outlines the elements common to strong early diversion programs and supporting structures. Use this self-assessment to determine your city’s current capacity and opportunities for growth in key components of a structure that supports public safety, accountability, and reduced use...

City Leadership to Reduce the Use of Jails- Framework:Self-Assessment for a Strong Diversion Program - NLC 2018.docx


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Leon County/Tallahassee Pre-Arrest Diversion- Adult Civil Citation Program- A Model Program with National Implications - Civil Citation Network 2017

As a model pre-arrest diversion program, the Leon County/Tallahassee PAD/ACC program holds offenders accountable for their crime; but, instead of being arrested and prosecuted by the traditional criminal justice system, the person receives civil sanctions, e.g. community service, and behavioral...

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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. The...

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Who Pays- The True Cost of Incarceration on Families - deVuono-powell, Schweidler, Walters, & Zohrabi 2015

Findings delivered in this report illuminate the significant challenges the criminal justice system imposes on individuals, families, and communities in meeting basic needs, building economic stability, maintaining relationships, and sustaining health and well-being—both before and after...

Who Pays- The True Cost of Incarceration on Families - deVuono-powell, Schweidler, Walters, & Zohrabi 2015.pdf


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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. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, an interbranch task force of state and local officials and practitioners, developed...

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


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Issues at a Glance- Promising Practices in Prosecutor-Led Diversion - FJP 2017

This FJP summary lists a sampling of programs and models for prosecutor-led diversion. An overview of each program or model is provided, along with resources that can provide more detailed information. While this summary focuses primarily on prosecutor-involved programs, these models can and...

Issues at a Glance- Promising Practices in Prosecutor-Led Diversion - FJP 2017.pdf


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Out of Sight- The Growth of Jails in Rural America - Vera 2017

This report is one of a series that the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) is releasing with the Safety and Justice Challenge — the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The initiative is...

Out of Sight- The Growth of Jails in Rural America - Vera 2017.pdf


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Report to Albany on the LEAD Program- One Year Anniversary - LEAD Albany 2017

In April 2016, the City of Albany implemented a groundbreaking, innovative public safety and public health intervention that aimed to reorient the City’s approach to substance use, mental health, and poverty-driven contact with law enforcement. This initiative, called Law Enforcement Assisted...

Report to Albany on the LEAD Program- One Year Anniversary - LEAD Albany 2017.pdf


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Examining Racial Disparities in Criminal Case Outcomes among Indigent Defendants in San Francisco - Penn Law 2017

In this report, the authors document that Black, White and Latinx indigent defendants in San Francisco have substantially different experiences during the criminal adjudication process. Specifically, defendants of color are more likely to be held in custody during their cases, which tend to take...

Examining Racial Disparties in Crimincal Case Outcomes among Indignent Defendants in San Francisco - Penn Law 2017.pdf


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Era of Mass Expansion: Why State Officials Should Fight Jail Growth

This is a Prison Policy Initiative Report. #Bail #ResearchData #LawEnforcementJails