Pretrial Quarterly Newsletter


From the States

The Cache

In the News

  • Illinois Representative Elgie Sims says that Senate Bill 2034 “is going to make Illinois a national leader in bail reform.”
  • U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) come together to write an op-ed for the New York Times about introducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a new federal bill that they say would encourage states to reform or replace current bail systems. They discuss their bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts in a new interview.
  • A federal judge in Houston issued a 193-page ruling finding the Harris County bail system to be fundamentally unfair because it allows for the detention of indigent individuals arrested for low-level offenses simply because they cannot afford to pay bail.
  • Marc Levin, of Right on Crime, makes a conservative case for bail reform, calling America’s pretrial population a “blot on our national conscience, one that conservatives must focus their energies on erasing.”
  • San Francisco Mayor Edwin pens his thoughts about pretrial justice and announces support for state legislation.
  • Jay-Z weighs in on pretrial justice and supports philanthropic organizations posting bail for fathers this Father’s Day.
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey A. Kremers writes that “Enhancing public safety requires us to manage release and detention based on risk.” Learn more about the changes in Milwaukee from Judge Kremers here.
  • New statistics released by New Jersey show that the jail population has declined by 19 percent since pretrial justice legislation went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Bill Keller from The Marshall Project identifies nine lessons about criminal justice reform that Washington can learn from the states. One of those is that reducing incarceration can be effectively achieved by not locking people up in the first place. Keller points to front-end measures put in place by states as examples.

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