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Judicial Discretion and Jail Overcrowding - Price et al, 1983

This is a link to an abstract. A study of a Midwest Urban County found that judicial discretion had important ramifications for jail populations. Looking at the behaviors of different judges, the study found that in many instances, a single judge accounted for a significant portion of variation...


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A Conversation about Pretrial Release and the Future of Cash Bail - The NJC Podcast 2018

In this National Judicial College podcast, Michael Jones of Pinnacle Justice Consulting and Timothy Schnacke from The Center for Legal and Evidence-Based Practices discuss their experiences reforming pretrial justice systems. The topics include the challenges of implementing new pretrial...


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Alaska's Pretrial Transformation - CJI 2018

Alaska’s new pretrial system limits the use of monetary bail and promotes greater consideration of a defendant’s risk of pretrial failure in release decisions. A pretrial risk assessment provides judges with objective information about the likelihood that a defendant will commit a new crime or...

Alaska's Pretrial Transformation - CJI 2018.pdf


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Order Granting Summary Judgement in Caliste v. Cantrell - U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2018)

This is an order granting summary judgement in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Court here denied summary judgement for the defendant, granted summary judgement for the plaintiff and provided for declaratory relief. In doing so, the Court highlights...

Order Granting Summary Judgement in Caliste v. Cantrell (2018).pdf


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Report of the Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform - Judicial Council of Georgia 2018

The Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Bail Reform submitted this report to the Judicial Council of Georgia. The Committee made several recommendations in this interim report. Many of these recommendations were submitted to the Criminal Justice Reform Council with the intention that these...

Report of the Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform - Judicial Council of Georgia 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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Pretrial Justice and the State Courts Initiative: Pretrial Justice Planning Guide for Courts - NCSC PJI & SJI 2018

The national Pretrial Justice and the State Courts Initiative is a joint project of the National Center for State Courts and the Pretrial Justice Institute and funded by the State Justice Institute. The Initiative helps courts implement legal and evidence-based pretrial practices through the...

Pretrial Justice and the State Courts Initiative- Pretrial Justice Planning Guide for Courts - NCSC SJI PJI 2018.docx


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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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The Intuitive-Override Model: Nudging Judges Toward Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments - DeMichele et al. 2018

Abstract: The development, implementation, and use of risk assessments are some of the most important and controversial issues facing criminal justice systems today. The recent push for judges to use risk assessments in their pretrial release decision making has met with resistance on several...


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Cuyahoga County Bail Task Force: Report and Recommendations - Witmer-Rich et al. 2018

This report was prepared by the Cuyahoga County Bail Task Force and contains recommendations consistent with the best practices. This report notes that successfully implementing the recommendations presented will help the courts in Cuyahoga County to comply with constitutional obligations and...

Cuyahoga County Bail Task Force- Report and Recommendations - Witmer-Rich et al. 2018.pdf


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Advancing Bail Reform in Maryland: Progress and Possibilities - Princeton University 2018

This report was prepared for the Baltimore City and Prince George’s County branches of the NAACP. In 2017, the Maryland Court of Appeals enacted a change in court procedure. The new court rule has substantially changed how the bail system operates in Maryland. This analysis points out (1) a drop...

Advancing Bail Reform in Maryland- Progress and Possibilities - Princeton University 2018.pdf


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Criminal Justice Reform Report to the Governor and the Legislature for Calendar Year 2017 - New Jersey Judiciary 2018

This report provides information regarding the implementation of these various aspects of Criminal Justice Reform (CJR). It also quantifies, from several different perspectives, the statistical results of CJR after one year of operation. The initial sections examine the impact of the risk...

Criminal Justice Reform Report to the Governor and the Legislature for Calendar Year 2017 - New Jersey Judiciary 2018.pdf


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In re Humphrey on Habeas Corpus in CA Court of Appeal (2018)

In re Humphrey on Habeas Corpus in CA Court of Appeal (2018): In this Opinion, California's First Appellate District Court of Appeal reversed the petitioner's bail determination and remanded the matter for further consistent proceedings. In doing so, the Court noted that the "petitioner is...

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American Judges Association Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2017

"...NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the American Judges Association urges court leaders to:1. promote and support the adoption of evidence-based risk assessment and management in making the bail determination;2. eliminate practices that cause defendants to remain incarcerated solely because...

American Judges Association Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2017.pdf


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State v. Ingram (2017)

This is a decision from the NJ Supreme Court. The Court held that the State may proceed by proffer at a detention hearing. The Court rejected both statutory and constitutional arguments that live testimony is required. Addressing defendant’s procedural due process challenge, the Court...

State v. Ingram (2017).pdf


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General Order No. 18.8A - Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County 2017

Defendants who pose no danger to the public will be released from custody pending trial because any future bail amounts will be set at an amount they can afford, under an order Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered today that will take effect on September 18, 2017, in the Circuit Court of Cook...

General Order No. 18.8A - Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County 2017 .pdf


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New Mexico District Court Rule 5-401- Pretrial Release (2017)

This is a New Mexico District Court Rule regarding the setting of secured bonds. #CourtRules #Bail #Judicial

New Mexico District Court Rule 5-401- Pretrial Release (2017).pdf


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Notice of Proposed Rules Change - Maryland Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2016)

The Rules Committee has submitted its One Hundred Ninety-Second Report to the Court of Appeals, transmitting thereby proposed new Rule 4-216.1 and amendments to current Rules 4-212, 4-213, 4-213.1, 4-214, 4-215, 4-216, 4-216.1, 4-216.2, 4-217, 4-349, 5-101, and 15-303 and Form 4-217.2. ...

Notice of Proposed Rules Change - Maryland Standing Committee on Rule of Practice and Procedure (2016).pdf


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Order Adopting Criminal Rule 26 - Indiana Supreme Court (2016)

On December 20, 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court created a committee "to study evidence-based pre-trial release assessments and to make recommendations to the Court, including proposed new or amended rules and procedures to facilitate the implementation of such recommendations." The resulting...

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ODonnell v. Harris County (2017)

1. Decision in ODonnell v. Harris County - US District Court Southern District of TX (2017): This decision was handed down on April 28, 2017 in the United States District Court For The Southern District Of Texas, Houston Division, issuing a preliminary injunction against Harris County based on...

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