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American Judges Association Resolution on Pretrial Justice - AJA 2017 

09-15-2017 10:54

"...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 they cannot afford to pay for their release; 3. call for the elimination of commercially secured bonds at any time during the pretrial phase; 4. call for the shift from secured to unsecured money bond at any time during the pretrial phase; 5. promote and support the practice of least restrictive graduated conditions of release which can be adjusted per the compliance or non-compliance of the individual; 6. call for the ability of every judge to conduct a preventive detention hearing with full due process protections so that detention eligible defendants are detained under accepted evidentiary standards; 7. promote judicial training and development that addresses how best practices and identifying sources of implicit bias can reduce racial and gender disparities."

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