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Have You Asked Them? Talking to Defendants about Money Bond and Pretrial Release - PJI 2017 

01-18-2017 12:30

In 2016 PJI helped fund a small research project at George Mason University’s (GMU) Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy to learn what people who go through the system had to say about their motivations and the impact of the system. The researchers surveyed two groups: inmates who were in jail pending trial and those who had been released pretrial under supervision. Key Findings: -Money is the primary factor keeping people in jail before trial, -Money bail has a negative impact on families, and -Arrested people have low confidence in money bail and consider it unfair.

The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) is centering racial justice as the foundation of our vision, mission and work to advance pretrial justice in order to end mass incarceration. This document may contain language choices or recommendations that are no longer aligned with this vision, but it remains in the UP library because of technical, subject-matter or historical merit. (October 2019)

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