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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. Still, there are issues that if not tended to, will mean this could...

Understanding SB10 - PJI 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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Misdemeanor Bail Reform and Litigation: An Overview - GSU Law Center for Access to Justice 2017

This Report was prepared for the Judicial Council Committee on Misdemeanor Bail Reform by the Georgia State University College of Law's Center for Access to Justice. It provides an overview of recent bail reform measures and related litigation in various jurisdictions across the country. The...

Misdemeanor Bail Reform and Litigation- An Overview - GSU Center for Access to Justice 2017.pdf


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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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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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Brangan v. Commonwealth (2017)

This is a landmark decision on money bail issued by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. #Bail #Legislation

Brangan v. Commonwealth (2017).pdf


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"Model" Bail Laws: Re-Drawing the Line Between Pretrial Release and Detention - CLEBP 2017

This paper is designed to help persons craft and justify language articulating who should be released and who should be eligible for detention in a purposeful in-or-out pretrial system through a study of the history of bail, the fundamental legal principles, the pretrial research, and the...

Model Bail Laws- Re-Drawing the Line Between Pretrial Release and Detention - CLEBP 2017.pdf


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Ad Hoc Committee on Bail and Pretrial Services- Report and Recommendations - Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission 2017

The Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, in an effort to ensure that Ohio is holding people for the right reasons prior to trial, formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Bail and Pretrial Services to determine the current situation in Ohio and to make recommendations that will maximize appropriate...

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Guidelines for Analyzing State and Local Pretrial Laws - PJI 2017

This document is designed to provide a “how- to” guide for those who research and analyze governing pretrial laws and rules and who make recommendations for reform. It starts by summarizing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a person best suited to perform such an analysis, followed by...

Guidelines for Analyzing State and Local Pretrial Laws - PJI 2017.pdf


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United States Constitution

The full text of the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments. #Legislation #Bail #Litigation

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Maryland Attorney General Opinion on Pretrial Detention

Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh, responds to a request from the Maryland House of Delegates regarding pretrial detention. "It is my view that the Court of Appeals would conclude that the State's statutory law and court rules should be applied to require a judicial officer to conduct an...

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Trends in Pretrial Release State Legislation - NCSL 2015

This report addresses current trends and statistics in the pretrial justice system including the popularity of risk assessment tools, the creation of pretrial services programs, implementation of diversion programs, and putting procedures in place for released defendants who have committed a...

Trends in Pretrial Release State Legislation - NCSL 2015.pdf


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Pretrial Release in California, Legal Parameters for Evidence Based Practices - CSJ CRJ 2015

California’s criminal justice system has been undergoing a reform due to issues like high costs and facility overcrowding, with a focus on pretrial justice. This report discusses the state’s pretrial release laws with the goal of educating criminal justice stakeholders on the framework of the...

Pretrial Release in California, Legal Parameters for Evidence Based Practices - CSJ CRJ 2015.pdf


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The Excessive Bail Clause Achieving Pretrial Justice Reform Through Incorporation - Rutgers Law Review 2014

This report analyses the Excessive Bail Clause in the Bill of Rights that states: “Excessive bail shall not be required”. The enforcement of this clause in the pretrial process has the potential to remedy the pretrial system’s discrimination against the poor, who are often unable to afford bail...

The Excessive Bail Clause Achieving Pretrial Justice Reform Through Incorporation - Rutgers Law Review 2014.pdf


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Key Features of Holistic Pretrial Justice Statutes and Court Rules - PJI 2016

This report explores aspects of statutes and laws that may help or hinder achieving the three goals of the 3DaysCount campaign: reducing unnecessary arrests that destabilize families and communities; replacing discriminatory cash bail with practical, risk-based decision making; and restricting...

Key Features of Holistic Pretrial Justice Statutes and Court Rules - PJI 2016.pdf



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Colorado Decision Tree for Setting Bond Type - PJI_CLEBP 2013

This document contains a decision tree and guidelines for setting bond type. #Implementation #Bail #Legislation

Colorado Decision Tree for Setting Bond Type - PJI_CLEBP 2013.pdf